Directed by Fatih Akin
In 1915 a man survives the Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire, but loses his family, speech and faith. One night he learns that his twin daughters may be alive, and goes on a quest to find them.
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★★★★ review by Simon Abrams on Letterboxd
The kind of movie that has only grown in estimation the more I think about it. More soon in my RogerEbert.com review.
★★★½ review by washington on Letterboxd
At least some one remembered the centennial of the Armenian genocide and it's because of that silence I think I'm willing to give this film a few extra inches. The film is not theme based at all simply showing the genocide in classical form. Akin's approach is very didatic and story often Gumpian is the sheer amount of the event our lead experiences, but that silence makes it seem like a very appropriate approach with the goal being just to have people talk about the genocide. It's an admirable goal made all the more so by a second half that focuses on life after the genocide rather then making the film just one atrocity after the other. I can't say this is a great film, but the sensitivity and Kazan like elegance the film functions under makes it seem compulsory. Just to make sure I don't seem too full of myself with this I'll admit I only saw this film thanks to my sister's crush on Tahar Rahim it has gone so far under the radar.
★★★½ review by Adam Arellano on Letterboxd
A very ambitious attempt to present the closing era of the Ottoman Empire and the Armenian genocide with the story of an Armenian man who is pressed into service and then journeys to find out what has happened to his family in the following years.
Akin has yet to make a bad film and brings his sensibilities of music, images, and pace to this rather simple tale of a man who goes to the ends of the earth to find his family. This works better as a fable rather than realist approach. There are truly harrowing moments as well as a melancholy that Tahar Rahim captures without speaking.
★★★½ review by Alfonso C. Lopez on Letterboxd
Un superviviente del genocidio Armenio a manos de los turcos descubre que sus hijas pueden estar vivas, lo que le llevara a viajar en su busca cuan Willie Fog... Dicidida en dos mitades, la primera nos muestra el genocidio desde el punto de vista del protagonista, y resulta cruda y seca (no solo por transcurrir en el desierto...), para en la segunda parte convertirlo en un relato de determinacion y aventuras en busca de sus hijas. Muy bien rodada, con grandes espacios naturales y una cuidada ambientacion de epoca. Como gran "pero", una musica que no esta a la altura. Amena y emotiva.
★★★★ review by cosmel on Letterboxd
Φατιχ Ακιν σε ρόλο Ντεηβιντ Λην!
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