Friday, July 27, 2007

Times and Winds (Reha Erdem, 2006)

**½
Turkey

Writer-director Reha Erdem is working with subject matter very rich in potential - the generations-worth of strained father-son relationships that tend to haunt patriarchal cultures - and he's all too aware of it. Every composition is swelling, positively dripping with high, ponderous sentiment, and in order that you don't miss out on any of it, he has organised for a portentous, perennially grieving orchestra to cue your heartstrings. The photography - capturing what ought to be the cleanest village in all Turkey - is immaculate, relentlessly beautiful; and every shot, every cut, every action and line of dialogue has had the last drop of oxygen studied out of it.

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