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Bes Vakit (2006)

Not Rated | | Drama | 11 January 2008 (USA)
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
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Imam
Taner Birsel ...
Zekeriya
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Yusuf
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The Teacher
Tarik Sönmez ...
Shepherd Davut
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Halil Dayi
Tilbe Saran ...
Omer's Mother
Sevinç Erbulak ...
Yakup's Mother
Nihan Asli Elmas ...
Yildiz's Mother
Cüneyt Türel ...
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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11 January 2008 (USA)  »

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Times and Winds  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$1,338, 13 January 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,176, 22 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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Soundtracks

Silouans Song (1991)
By Arvo Pärt
Performed by Tallinn Chamber Orchestra
Conducted by Tõnu Kaljuste (uncredited)
Courtesy of ECM Records, 1993
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Rural Turkish life laid bear
27 August 2009 | by See all my reviews

Celebrated Turkish writer-director Reha Erdem followed the international success of his previous films "Kaç para kaç" and "Korkuyorum Anne" with this mesmerising cinematic study of rural daily life in the Turkish hinterland which took home top awards at both the Istanbul and Adana Golden Boll International Film Festivals and secured international distribution.

Özkan Özen proves a surprisingly talented young lead with powerful support from fellow youngster Ali Bey Kayalı and Elit İşcan who all seem incredibly natural in there roles whilst Bülent Emin Yarar heads up the adult supporting cast which includes fellow Erdem regular Taner Birsel, Yiğit Özşener and the gorgeous Selma Ergeç.

The talented filmmaker takes his title, which translates as "five times", from the 5-times daily call to prayer that regulates the daily life of the Turkish peasants at the core of this film and divides up Florent Herry's exquisitely cinematography accordingly as it flows from character to character pausing each time to take in the gorgeous Çanakkale countryside.

Can you sing the call to prayer?


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