Adaptation of Zola’s novel about 18th-century French coal miners going on strike to fight for better conditions. Continue reading Yves Allégret – Germinal (1963)
Introvert Joosep is the butt of crude jokes from his classmates who are irritated by his taciturn nature. The only support he has comes from Kaspar, whom he sits next to in class.
This isn’t a sociological probe into the theme of adolescent bullying which might turn violently against the perpetrators, but more a universal reflection on the darker sides of the human soul, often hidden beneath an attractive exterior, ready to provoke an unexpected reaction under excess pressure. The acting performances of the leads, in particular, give the story – a linear progression where silly pranks develop into a tragic outcome – a highly credible dimension. Continue reading Ilmar Raag – Klass AKA The Class (2007)
Coskun (Oguz Tunc;), who grew up in an orphanage, has been in love with the very famous film star Derya Altinay (Turkan Soray) all of his life. His only purpose in life is to meet her one day and write a film script for her. He is so much in love with her that he believes that he lives with the two film characters which she performed in her old movies. However these two old characters do not want him to write an original script for Derya Altinay as they will be forgotten when a new character is created. So, they start an emotional war to prevent him from writing his script. Written by Zeki Giritli Continue reading Atif Yilmaz – Hayallerim, askim ve sen (1987)
As the year 1955 is moving towards autumn, Turkey’s increasingly tense political atmosphere starts to cast its dark shadow on the glittering beauty of Beyoglu. Behcet is the only son of a father in whom the government and the bureaucracy take a close interest due to his strong influence in Antakya. While working as a research assistant at the Faculty of Law in Istanbul, Behcet is falling under the sway of extreme nationalism as a result of his upbringing and the influential role model of his father. The only thing that causes Behcet to stumble on this road is the woman he secretly observes through the window of the apartment opposite his own. This woman, who is aware that she is being observed by Behcet, is Elena. She is one of those peerless beauties making up the cosmopolitan kaleidoscope of Beyoglu. A prostitute with a childlike spirit, she is sold off to high-level bureaucrats by her grandmother, who herself is a former prostitute. Continue reading Tomris Giritlioglu – Güz sancisi AKA Pains of Autumn (2009)
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In this light drama, Clark Gable once again played his stock-in-trade role of a rogue with a heart of gold. Charlie King (Gable) runs a casino, but, in a business that thrives among the unscrupulous, Charlie takes pride in running an honest game and treating his customers with fairness and respect. However, Charlie’s wife Lon (Alexis Smith) doesn’t care if he runs a fair game — she regards gambling as a dirty and corrupt business, and no matter how honest Charlie may be, he’s still involved in a wicked activity. Charlie’s son Paul (Darryl Hickman) is also against him; when Paul gets in trouble and Charlie bails him out of jail, he refuses to leave with him, instead going home with mother. Charlie invites Paul to see what his casino is like, and Lon agrees that Paul should know just what his father does. Continue reading Mervyn LeRoy – Any Number Can Play (1949)
In the wake of the ferocious repression by the Bourbon reign of the 1828 uprisings, three Southern Italian young people whose families are involved decide to join Giuseppe Mazzini’s Young Italy movement. In the course of four episodes, each corresponding to a little-known page from the history of Italian unification, the lives of Domenico, Angelo and Salvatore are tragically marked by their mission as conspirators and revolutionaries, leading to an existence suspended between moral rigour and murderous instinct, spirit of sacrifice and fear. (~europeanfilmawards.eu) Continue reading Mario Martone – Noi credevamo AKA We Believed (2010)