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Clouds of May (1999)
"Mayis sikintisi" (original title)

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This is a movie within movie, which is almost recursive, i.e., the movie inside looks like director Ceylan's previous movie, Kasaba. It is about the movie director, Muzaffer, going back to ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Emin Ceylan ...
Emin, Muzzafer's father (as M. Emin Ceylan)
Muzaffer Özdemir ...
Muzaffer, the movie-maker
Fatma Ceylan ...
Fatma, Muzaffer's mother
Emin Toprak ...
Saffet (as M. Emin Toprak)
Muhammad Zimbaoglu ...
Ali
Sadik Incesu ...
Sadik
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This is a movie within movie, which is almost recursive, i.e., the movie inside looks like director Ceylan's previous movie, Kasaba. It is about the movie director, Muzaffer, going back to his hometown to make a movie using a cast of local people. While Muzaffer is around, his mother complains about simple health problems, his father is in a legal fight against the government for his land, his cousin gets out of his job to help Muzaffer who promises him to find a job in Istanbul, and his little cousin Ali tries to carry an egg in his pocket for 40 days so that he'll get the watch of his dreams. In the meantime, they get to form the cast for Muzaffer's movie as well. Written by zuluf

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10 December 1999 (Turkey)  »

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Second part of the unofficial "Provincial Prilogy" with Kasaba (1997) and Uzak (2002). See more »

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Muzzafer's father: Hey, are you shooting a movie? Do you use these small cams to shoot movies?
Muzaffer, the movie-maker: No dad, with larger ones.
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Life only life

Don't expect to find models or playboys in this movie. Nor expect people to hate or harm each other. There is not too much philosophical extravaganza either. No sex, no violence, no big words. So what made this movie to win so many awards in Turkey and elsewhere? "Mayis Sikintisi" (The Anxiety of May) is just about the simple and beautiful flow of daily life. Some commentators called it "a pastoral symphony". It has only a "slight narrative"; the story of the director himself, his own family and how he shot his first feature film "Kasaba" in his own native town. If you like the style of the contemporary Iranian cinema, especially that of Abbas Kirostami and Jaffar Panahi, you will surely like this movie. Watch "Mayis Sikintisi" and you will feel your mind and soul purified!


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