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Even die-hard fans of distinctive Turkish auteur Reha Erdem may find their patience stretched by “Singing Women,” an uneasy mix of whimsy, apocalypticism, social satire and murky parable set on an island being evacuated for an expected earthquake. This ponderous tale will no doubt attract some defenders, but seems unlikely to travel nearly as widely as the helmer’s prior projects, like “Times and Winds” and “Kosmos.”

Predictions of a major temblor have the authorities urging locals to take daily ferries to the mainland while they can, but not everyone on this wooded isle is obeying that command. Well-off curmudgeon Mesut (Kevork Malikyan) thinks this is just a plot to separate him from his precious possessions; his loyal, put-upon housekeeper, Esme (Binnur Kaya), wouldn’t dream of abandoning her post.

Meanwhile, horses are dying of some mysterious illness — and so, perhaps, is Mesut’s ne’er-do-well son Adem (Philip Arditti »


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