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Bal (Honey) (2010)
"Bal" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  25 March 2011 (USA)
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The quiet life of a boy and his family is endangered when his father does not return home from his work collecting honey in the forest.

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The young boy Yusuf's best friend is his father, who supports his family's modest life with the honey he collects from tall trees in the forests of the remote Turkish countryside. Yusuf is a quiet boy, and his mother is concerned for his future. Perhaps he will follow in his father's footsteps, or perhaps school will offer him other opportunities. But the honey crop is failing, and Yusuf has trouble learning how to read. The greatest fear strikes when Yusuf's father doesn't return home from the forest. Written by Peter Brandt Nielsen

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The poem that a female student reads aloud and which Yusuf listens to is a Turkish translation of Arthur Rimbaud's "Sensation." See more »

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Yakup: Dreams are not told aloud.
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take off your layers, return to your childhood
26 April 2010 | by (Turkey) – See all my reviews

BAL is a spectacular film. It's not a film meant for festival audience. It's not a film promoting some highly intellectual ideas few can make sense of. It features a breathtaking beauty, beauty of life itself. Without any superficiality such as music, effects and faster than life rhythm it creates suspense so much so that we stay on tip toes till the end wondering: what shall become of Yusuf? And we find it out at the end...OK I don't want to spoil it. But let me tell you one thing when the movie was over nobody could move from their seats. This is the miracle of Dir.Semih Kaplanoglu. No doubt Golden Bear was a well earned award for him and for BAL.


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