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Times and Winds (2006)
"Bes vakit" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  11 January 2008 (USA)
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A small, poor village leaning over high rocky mountains, facing the immense sea, flanked by olive yards. Villagers are simple and diligent people who struggle to cope with a harsh nature. ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ozen Ozkan ...
Omer
Ali Bey Kayali ...
Yakup
Elit Iscan ...
Yildiz
Bülent Emin Yarar ...
Imam
Taner Birsel ...
Zekeriya
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Yusuf
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The Teacher
Tarik Sönmez ...
Shepherd Davut
Köksal Engür ...
Halil Dayi
Tilbe Saran ...
Omer's Mother
Sevinç Erbulak ...
Yakup's Mother
Nihan Asli Elmas ...
Yildiz's Mother
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Grandfather
Harika Uysal ...
Zeynep
Utku Baris Sarma ...
Ali - Ömer's little brother
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A small, poor village leaning over high rocky mountains, facing the immense sea, flanked by olive yards. Villagers are simple and diligent people who struggle to cope with a harsh nature. They earn their living, on a daily survival basis, out of the earth and of a few animals they feed. Just like the animals and trees around them, they have the knowledge of their temporary existence, hence a sober resignation prevails. They live according to the rhythm of the earth, air and water, day and night and seasons. The daily time is divided into five parts by the sound of the call to prayer. Every day, all human events are lived through within these five time slices. In child raising, grownups go on with the practice they have experienced by their parents. They expose their love awkwardly and consider beating a favorable method. Fathers always prefer one of their sons. Mothers command their daughters ruthlessly. Ömer, Yakup and Yildiz, three children of about 12,13 years old, just between ... Written by omayra73@yahoo.com

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$1,338 (USA) (11 January 2008)

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$6,176 (USA) (20 June 2008)
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Omer: I pray every night. For him to die.
Omer's Friend: How's he going to die?
Omer: Out of sickness.
Omer's Friend: Has he not gotten better?
Omer: An accident, then.
Omer's Friend: Maybe he'd fall from the minaret!
Omer: A snake could bite him.
Omer's Friend: Even if it did, it wouldn't kill him.
Omer: Scorpion! Didn't uncle Halil's grandson die of a scorpion sting?
Omer's Friend: He was a baby, though.
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Times and Winds.... glad to have had the opportunity to see this film.
12 September 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

On day 6 of our Toronto Film Festival I have found my gem of the year. Last year it was "Cafe Transit" and this year "Times and Winds".

Story follows several preteens in a small Turkish village. One boy imaginatively plots his father's death who mistreats him, one boy loves the village school teacher, and one girls life will change with the pending birth of new sibling. It is a story of the death of innocence meaning childhood and the journey into responsibility and adulthood. If I heard right, (??) the director said he either lived there/grew up in that village at one time. The child actors are wonderful for first roles. I seriously loved this film, very gently moving at most times with moments of the harshness of life thrown in.

Also, movie is originally titled Times Five (or Five Times) which indicates the times they go to pray but they went with Time and Winds for the English translation.

This was the 3rd Turkish film I have seen this year and can't get over the spectacular scenery in all the films. Makes you want to go to Turkey on a holiday.


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