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Mehmet, a young Turkish man newly migrated from the village Tire, takes a job searching for water leaks below the surface of the streets of Istanbul. Due to a strange set of events, he is mistaken for a Kurd, imprisoned, and brutally beaten. Upon his release a week later, he becomes an outcast marked as a Kurd, losing his apartment, his job, and eventually his girl friend, Arzu. When a Kurdish friend, Berzan is killed in a street protest triggered by a hunger strike, Mehmet takes a trek to return the body to Berzan's home village near the Iraqi border, and learns why so many Kurds are refugees. Written by
This is maybe the finest Turkish production until 2000. With a technical crew from 15 countries, native (Turkish) actors, and unusual number of shooting locations (for the Turkish movie), this film is among the ones who defined the new production standards in Turkish cinema, standards which can allow the Turkish movie to participate the serious world festivals without a shame or a feeling of "small, poor, but kinda interesting fella." Very good photography, authentic atmosphere, smart editing and good sound design, lovely music by Vlatko Stefanovski, and - sit back and relax, this is not a teenage comedy!
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