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Yol (1982)

When five Kurdish prisoners are granted one week's home leave, they find to their dismay that they face continued oppression outside of prison from their families, the culture, and the government.

Writer:

Yilmaz Güney
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tarik Akan ... Seyit Ali
Serif Sezer ... Ziné
Halil Ergün Halil Ergün ... Mehmet Salih
Meral Orhonsay ... Emine
Necmettin Çobanoglu Necmettin Çobanoglu ... Ömer
Semra Uçar Semra Uçar ... Gülbahar
Hikmet Çelik Hikmet Çelik ... Mevlat
Sevda Aktolga Sevda Aktolga ... Meral
Tuncay Akça Tuncay Akça ... Yusuf
Hale Akinli Hale Akinli ... Seyran
Turgut Savas Turgut Savas ... Zafer
Hikmet Tasdemir ... Sevket
Engin Çelik Engin Çelik ... Mirza
Osman Bardakçi Osman Bardakçi ... Berber Elim
Enver Güney Enver Güney ... Cindé
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Storyline

A harsh portrait of Turkey, its people and its authorities, shown through the stories of five prisoners given a week's home leave, and the problems they encounter in adjusting to the world outside. Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Taglines:

The story of three families' search for freedom.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

Turkey | Switzerland | France

Language:

Turkish | Kurdish

Release Date:

1 September 1982 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Az út See more »

Filming Locations:

Diyarbakir, Turkey See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Dolby Digital (Restored version)

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Tarik Akan, in his book of memories, tells that he is not the one who actually shoots the horse in the scene where the horse cannot continue walking and the Akan character decides to ease its death. See more »

Quotes

Mirza: Fear is the guard of everyone's house.
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Alternate Versions

The original version of the Ömer segments included a sequence in which the plight of Turkey's Kurdish population is discussed, with the sequence prefaced with the location title 'Kurdistan'. The sensitivity surrounding this issue in Turkey was part of the reason the film was banned there for many years. These scenes were not restored to the 2017 'Full Version' release, nor are the included on the Korean-issued DVD of the film. See more »

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this movie is a lesson about life
28 May 2006 | by pmwjanssensSee all my reviews

This excellent movie shows how people in their life are the prisoner of their situation. The live in a world and society that expects them things to do and behave, and the do and behave as expected, even if they don't feel happy with it, or hurts them. They have to. This is a lesson for myself, and life as I experience it. Yhis is dramatically illustrated in the movie in the scene in which the husband is forcing his wife to go with him through the mountains, through the snow. Which has a bad ending. I remember this scene even more than 20 years after I saw it ever. This 'being prisoner of your situation' is not specific for the Turkish or any culture. I think it is typical for humans in general. Look around and you will see.


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