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Bal (Honey) – review

14 July 2011 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

An engrossing, award-winning conclusion to the trilogy by Turkish film-maker Semih Kaplanoglu

Turkish film-maker Semih Kaplanoglu won the Golden Bear at the Berlin film festival for this calm, contemplative and compassionate movie, the third in his childhood trilogy – the first was Yumurta, or Egg; the second Süt, or Milk. In the densely forested region of north-eastern Turkey along the Black Sea coast, Yakup (Erdal Besikçioglu) makes a hand-to-mouth living harvesting wild honey, climbing trees to get at the hives. His disappearance one day exposes his already vulnerable family to yet more stoically borne agony: this is his wife Zehra (Tülin Özen) and six-year-old boy Yusuf (Bora Altas) through whose eyes we are invited to see the action. He is a lonely child, dealing with a stammer, desperate for attention, longing to get one of the red "reward" badges his strict schoolteacher gives out for reading aloud in class. The image »

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Film: Movie Review: Bal

24 March 2011 12:01 PM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

In Semih Kaplanoglu’s Bal (“Honey”), Turkish beekeeper Yakup (Erdal Besikçioglu) risks his life scaling tall trees in search of elusive black honey, prized for its healing properties as well as its rich taste. The film, which details the childhood of the poet Yusuf (Bora Altas), portrayed in Kaplanoglu’s Yumurta (“Egg”) and Süt (“Milk”), is set in a rural village where sweetness is hard to come by, and its pursuit can be dangerous, even life-threatening. But its simple, unadulterated pleasures are matchless, and the same can be said for Bal’s best moments. The scenes of shy »

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