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Honey (2010) More at IMDbPro »Bal (original title)

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25 March 2011 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Bora Altas ... Yusuf

Erdal Besikçioglu ... Yakup

Tülin Özen ... Zehra
Ayse Altay
Özkan Akcay
Alev Uçarer
Selami Gökce
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kamil Yilmaz ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Semih Kaplanoglu 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Semih Kaplanoglu 
Orçun Köksal 

Produced by
Alexander Bohr .... associate producer
Bettina Brokemper .... co-producer
Semih Kaplanoglu .... producer
Johannes Rexin .... co-producer
Cinematography by
Baris Özbiçer 
Film Editing by
Ayhan Ergürsel 
Suzan Hande Güneri 
Semih Kaplanoglu 
Production Design by
Naz Erayda 
Costume Design by
Ozge Ozturk 
Production Management
Aksel Kamber .... production manager
Niko Remus .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Deniz Ceyhan .... second assistant director
Asli Sag .... first assistant director (as Asli Hansag)
Sound Department
Dominic Fitzgerald .... sound department special thanks
Tobias Fleig .... re-recording mixer
Tobias Fleig .... supervising sound editor
Tilman Hahn .... additional sound effects editor
Rainer Heesch .... sound designer
Tatjana Jakob .... sound department special thanks
Carsten Richter .... sound department special thanks
Hanse Warns .... sound department special thanks
Fatih Ugurlu .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Gökhan Balseven .... first assistant camera
Mustafa Emin Buyukcoskun .... second assistant camera
Editorial Department
Franz Rabl .... color timer

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Also Known As:
"Bal" - Turkey (original title)
"Bal (Honey)" - International (English title) (alternative title), USA (alternative title)
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Turkey:103 min | USA:103 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Official submission of Turkey for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 83rd Academy Awards in 2011.See more »
Yakup:Dreams are not told aloud.See more »
Movie Connections:
Follows Egg (2007)See more »


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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Quiet and thoughtful, 30 April 2012
Author: billcr12 from United States

Bal is the Turkish word for honey, and that is part of the storyline. Yusuf, a six year old boy, wanders about, searching for both his father and the meaning of life, in no particular order.

His father suffers the trials of Job, his bees have vanished for no apparent reason and he has a family to feed. An accident leads to dads early demise, so most of the film is told from the perspective of Yusuf, who as played by Bora Atlas, is an absolute casting miracle. The kid is tremendous; he owns the screen.

There is very little dialogue, so the actors must use their faces to portray real human emotions. The scenery is beautiful and the sounds of nature fill the air. In the mood for a quiet, thoughtful movie with actual heart and soul, then Bal should be just right.

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