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German-born Umay flees her oppressive marriage in Istanbul, taking her young son Cem with her. She hopes to find a better life with her family in Berlin, but her unexpected arrival creates intense conflict. Her family is trapped in their conventions, torn between their love for her and the traditional values of their community. Ultimately they decide to return Cem to his father in Turkey. To keep her son, Umay is forced to move again. She finds the inner strength to build a new life for herself and Cem, but her need for her family's love drives her to a series of ill-fated attempts at reconciliation. What Umay doesn't realize is just how deep the wounds have gone and how dangerous her struggle for self-determination has become... Written by
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Austrian screenwriter, producer and director Feo Aladag's feature film debut which she wrote and co-produced, premiered in the Panorama section at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival in 2010, was shot on location in Turkey and Germany and is a German production which was produced by Turkish screenwriter, producer and director Züli Aladag. It tells the story about a 25-year-old woman named Umay Aslan who after having had an operation at a hospital in Germany, returns to Istanbul, Turkey where she lives with her adolescent son named Cem, her husband named Kemal and his family. Umay has gotten enough of all the suppression she has endured from Kemal, and the day after her return she packs her bags, takes her son, leaves her miserable marriage and travels to Germany where she thinks she will be welcomed by her parents named Kader and Halyme whom is living there with her brothers named Mehmet and Arcan and her sister named Rana.
Distinctly and precisely directed by Austrian filmmaker Feo Aladag, this quietly paced fictional tale which is narrated from multiple viewpoints though mostly from the main character's point of view, draws a reflective and increasingly dramatic portrayal of an adult Turkish-German woman whom after making a decision regarding the best interest and future of her child and herself comes to her parents believing that they will support her viewpoint and learns that their stand on her choice is that she is selfish and that she has disgraced the family name. While notable for it's atmospheric and naturalistic milieu depictions, sterling cinematography by German cinematographer Judith Kaufmann, production design by German production designer Silke Buhr and use of sound, colors and light, this character-driven and narrative-driven story about family relations where the youngest daughter in a family who is about to get married suffers the consequences of her sister's actions, a father and mother and their two sons becomes so ashamed due to their regard of other peoples thoughts and views that they disown their family member and a mother who will no longer jeopardize the well-being of herself and her son for the sake of honouring the expectations of others, depicts two isolating and merging studies of character and contains a great score by German-born British composer Max Richter and Czech composer Stéphane Moucha.
This cinematographic, consequential and gently romantic drama from the late 2000s which is set during a summer in Germany in the 21st century and where a father is struggling to forgive his eldest daughter whom has gone against his will and a courageous woman whom is unwanted by her family is heard by a friend and meets a German man named Stipe, is impelled and reinforced by it's cogent narrative structure, substantial character development, rhythmic continuity, pivotal instrumental tones and dialog, scenes of Umay, Umay and Cem and Umay and Stipe and the poignant acting performances by German actress of Turkish descent Sibel Kekilli, Turkish-born German actress Nursel Köse, Turkish actor Settar Tanriögen, Turkish-German actor Tamer Yigit and German actor Florian Lukas. A subtle, sociological and gracefully humane directorial debut which gained, among several other awards, the Label Europa Cinemas Award Feo Aladag at the 60th Berlin Film Festival in 2010.
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