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Boats Out of Watermelon Rinds (2004)

Karpuz Kabugundan Gemiler Yapmak (original title)
This is a movie about amateur spirit made with an amateur spirit. It is the story of two adolescents who live in a small village, work in temporary summer jobs in a small town near their ... See full summary »

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Fizuli Caferof ...
Deli Ömer
Gülayse Erkoc ...
Nezihe
Hasbiye Günay ...
Güler
Kadir Kaymaz ...
Mehmet
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Ahmet Ulucay ...
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This is a movie about amateur spirit made with an amateur spirit. It is the story of two adolescents who live in a small village, work in temporary summer jobs in a small town near their village, and have a passion for cinema. One of the boys works in a barber shop, the other sells watermelons. Whenever they find time, they work on their old little machine to show motion pictures from disposed films they collect from the local movie-theater, the only person in support of these efforts being the village idiot. While their efforts continue hopelessly but ambitiously, one of finds himself in love. The movie was inspired by the director's own passion about cinema, and was made in his own village, all the acting being done by local villagers. Written by Anonymous

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Sloppy and a bit phony
1 March 2015 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

A Turkish film about two teen buddies living in a rural area. It's the off-season on their farms, so they work as apprentices in the small, nearby town, one for a watermelon salesman and the other for a barber. The two boys are obsessed with movies and they collect scraps of film from the garbage of the local cinema. They want to build their own projector, but can't quite figure it out. The other major plot line has one of the boys fall in love with a slightly older girl, but she treats him like dirt. This film has a bit of charm - it kind of reminds me of early Kiarostami - but, honestly, it's just not that good. It's very amateurish, and both the plot and the characters are sketchily created. Nothing ever feels like it comes together. I had imagined the director was a newbie, but, in reality, he was around 50 years old when he made it and he had made several films beforehand (he made one more before he passed in 2009). I feel like the movie's themes, coming-of-age, cinephilia, young love, were calculated to appeal to the average festival-goer. To me, it doesn't feel honest.


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