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Tonton Ali
Ayse Emel Mesci Kuray ...
La 'politique' (as Ayse Emel Mesci)
Malik Berrichi ...
L'Arabe
Nicolas Hossein ...
Uzun, 'L'échalas'
Isabelle Tissandier ...
Hatice, la mariée
Zirek ...
Cafer (as Ahmet Ziyrek)
Ali Berktay ...
Samil, le marié
Selahattin Kuzmoglu ...
Directeur de prison
Jean-Pierre Colin ...
Directeur général des prisons
Jacques Dimanche ...
Sevket, gardien-chef
Ali Dede Altuntas ...
Pépé Ali
Necdet Nakiboglu ...
Necdet
Sema Kuray ...
Petite fille
Zeynep Kuray ...
Petite fille
Habes Bounabi ...
Tom
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Teens in a Turkish prison struggle to survive under hideous conditions. Made by dying Yilmaz Guney in France, after he escaped from a Turkish prison, enabling him to accept his award at Cannes for Yol (The Road). When the Turkish superstar leading man turned human rights activist, Guney was convicted for pro-Kurdish political activity and murder, by the Turkish military regime. Director/writer Guney's last film, Duvar (The Wall), was banned in Turkey for 17 years. The incarcerated teens organize and fight back, brutalize each other, exult over the smallest triumph, while joking, suffering and learning from the inhumanity they wallow in. The prison also separately houses men and women, many played by other Turkish expatriates. Written by David Stevens

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After learning Tuncel Kurtiz has an engagement for another film, Yilmaz Guney reportedly said: 'Give an ad to the newspaper, the old man will see and come'. See more »

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Exploiting a Need
21 April 2014 | by (Turkey) – See all my reviews

Prisons, governments, authorities needs criticizing. The place where the film starts is awesome. But when it comes going down the road, it looks weird. It seems exploiting the political situation. At that time, the military government was bad. Expressing it is a service to humanity. However, creating hostility from it, is wrong as military authority. Each scene embodies a needling. For example, children are beaten, behind, the wife has been cheating on her husband, and they're sent to death sentence. Showing the Atatürk's words: Republic will glorify you. Immediately some kiddings about god, the nation and morality. They can do it all. All criticism is vital for living. Although, when you add them all together, it's not doing anything but hostility. Attacking something with art is ugly as crime. I wish, film told the story of teens struggle to survive under hideous conditions at prison, as synopsis said.


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