"Baba" is a bitter melodrama set in Istambul. A father is not able to earn enough money to feed his family. He is waiting to emigrate to Germany. When his landlord's son kills a man while ... See full summary »

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"Baba" is a bitter melodrama set in Istambul. A father is not able to earn enough money to feed his family. He is waiting to emigrate to Germany. When his landlord's son kills a man while drunk, the father is prepared to answer for the deed himself, provided that the landlord supports his wife and children. As there is little difference for the father between ten years in prison or ten years in a foreign country, he regards this to be the best solution. Written by Daniel Yates <kamerad76@hotmail.com>

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A powerful film that resembles a Greek tragedy
28 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have seen almost all of Guney's films, and this is one of the best. Unfortunately, only two of them made it to VHS (Yol and The Wall), and none to DVD. They are important not only because of their quality as films, but also because they show us life in a country that few Westerners know anything about. Turkey is really two countries: one urbanized and industrialized, the other backward and agricultural. And both parts of the country have more than their share of conflicts, which Guney portrays with unrelenting realism. In "Baba" the father goes to jail for the crime of his landlord's son, and in return the landlord agrees to support his children. Then for much of the film, we see his life in prison - no torture or solitary confinement, just a walled-in community whose hierarchy reflects the world outside, and where the protagonist is called "Baba" (Father) in recognition of what he did. Then he is released and we learn the results of his sacrifice.


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