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Story of 40-man Turkish task force who must defend a relay station.

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Cpt. Mete
Ilker Kizmaz ...
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First Lieutenant Baris
Ozgur Eren Koc ...
Resul
Riza Sönmez ...
Doctor (Voice) (as Riza Sonmez)
Engin Hepileri ...
Taksideki Adam
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Birce Akalay ...
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Ibrahim Akoz ...
Ibo
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Vedat Dinckaya
Turgay Atalay ...
Haberci Turgay
Ertunc Atar ...
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Cemil
Engin Baykal ...
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A small group of Turkish soldiers in a remote patrol station in eastern Turkey face their near-certain death, during a time the conflict between Turkish Army and separatist militant organization PKK reached its peak point. Written by umuts

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If you fall asleep, you die...

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Fighting heard on the radio in the middle of the film was actually taken from the fight at the end of the film. See more »

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Story takes place in 1993 but the song "Gotur Beni Gittigin Yere" performed in the film was written in 1996. See more »

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Ibo: [Upon watching news of martyrs] I timed it sergeant, it's actually 57 seconds.
Ilker cavus: What's 57 seconds?
Ibo: Our death report, on the news. Captain Mete had told us it would be 45 seconds, it's actually 57 seconds.
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Gotur Beni Gittigin Yere
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Must-See for the Politically Inclined
21 October 2009 | by (Turkey) – See all my reviews

This is a must-see movie if you are somehow interested in PKK terror throughout the 90s. It is of further interest for those interested in how a successful movie can be produced with professional directing despite an almost-all amateur cast.

It is apparent that a good part of the scenario is based on real events: From personal experience, I recall reading about of the occasions and situations in the movie from the local media. The battle scenes are quite graphic and accurate. The characters feel quite real. They are not necessarily deep, but depth of character is not really necessary for the storyline, as this movie is about the lives of soldiers in an obscure, remote military post.

The camera use in the movie is excellent. In the opening scenes, the audience experiences the vastness of the landscape. The feeling of loneliness and being deserted is strongly conveyed. Further into the movie, the camera is used professionally to convey a feeling of urgency in the battle scenes, of which there are only a few. It is equally professional in conveying tranquility, and if you watch the movie, you will see one climax where this contrast is made very apparent.

In various connecting scenes, the passage of time and the feeling of timelessness is communicated through fast moving clouds, reminiscent of Donnie Darko.

On a further note, most of the actors are either amateurs or had very short acting careers. However, the director manages to offset this setback by using different camera angles where the audience does not have to see the faces of the actors to understand their feelings or mood. This movie is an excellent example of low budget casting can be more successful than many professional actors when good directorship is used.

Those being said, there are some unnecessarily long scenes in the second part of the movie, where the captain explains in head-aching detail his philosophy and thoughts as he becomes more and more suicidal. However, I do not take any points off my score for this setback, because long live the Turkish warriors. 10/10


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