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Times and Winds (2006)

Bes Vakit (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 11 January 2008 (USA)
A small, poor village leaning over high rocky mountains, facing the immense sea, flanked by olive yards. Villagers are simple and diligent people who struggle to cope with a harsh nature. ... See full summary »

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Reha Erdem

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Reha Erdem
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ozen Ozkan Ozen Ozkan ... Omer
Ali Bey Kayali Ali Bey Kayali ... Yakup
Elit Iscan Elit Iscan ... Yildiz
Bülent Emin Yarar ... Imam
Taner Birsel ... Zekeriya
Yigit Özsener ... Yusuf
Selma Ergeç ... The Teacher
Tarik Sönmez Tarik Sönmez ... Shepherd Davut
Köksal Engür ... Halil Dayi
Tilbe Saran Tilbe Saran ... Omer's Mother
Sevinç Erbulak Sevinç Erbulak ... Yakup's Mother
Nihan Asli Elmas Nihan Asli Elmas ... Yildiz's Mother
Cüneyt Türel Cüneyt Türel ... Grandfather
Harika Uysal Harika Uysal ... Zeynep
Baris Serma Baris Serma ... Ali - Ömer's little brother (as Utku Baris Sarma)
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A small, poor village leaning over high rocky mountains, facing the immense sea, flanked by olive yards. Villagers are simple and diligent people who struggle to cope with a harsh nature. They earn their living, on a daily survival basis, out of the earth and of a few animals they feed. Just like the animals and trees around them, they have the knowledge of their temporary existence, hence a sober resignation prevails. They live according to the rhythm of the earth, air and water, day and night and seasons. The daily time is divided into five parts by the sound of the call to prayer. Every day, all human events are lived through within these five time slices. In child raising, grownups go on with the practice they have experienced by their parents. They expose their love awkwardly and consider beating a favorable method. Fathers always prefer one of their sons. Mothers command their daughters ruthlessly. Ömer, Yakup and Yildiz, three children of about 12,13 years old, just between ... Written by omayra73@yahoo.com

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Turkey

Language:

Turkish

Release Date:

11 January 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Times and Winds See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,338, 13 January 2008

Gross USA:

$6,176

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$387,396
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Company Credits

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Atlantik Film, Imaj See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Omer: I pray every night. For him to die.
Omer's Friend: How's he going to die?
Omer: Out of sickness.
Omer's Friend: Has he not gotten better?
Omer: An accident, then.
Omer's Friend: Maybe he'd fall from the minaret!
Omer: A snake could bite him.
Omer's Friend: Even if it did, it wouldn't kill him.
Omer: Scorpion! Didn't uncle Halil's grandson die of a scorpion sting?
Omer's Friend: He was a baby, though.
[...]
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Soundtracks

Egon & Gertie (from the album 'Music for Egon Schiele')
Written by Rachel Grimes
Performed by Rachel's
Courtesy of Quarterstick Records, 1996
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Life in a Turkish mountain village is pretty miserable.
26 December 2012 | by danbesSee all my reviews

While there's nothing wrong with creating a film that says life is pretty much a drag for young people who are innocent victims of their parents and grandparents traditional ways, this film beats the theme to death.

For me, the film primarily rings with one quality: hopelessness. Filled with symbolism designed, I believe, to express the filmmaker's view that the preadolescents we meet are pretty much resigned to life as it is, and without even a hint that they have any way out of their situation, the film, while photographed beautifully, and with competent acting by most of the characters, emerges as little more than a turgid overview of a rural life that few westerners have been witness to on the screen.

There are far better films that do the same thing. I think of Bicycle Thieves, of the Apu trilogy, of Sugar Cane Alley, and of several other titles that bare witness to humans (young people especially) living lives of "quiet desperation" (as Thoreau put it), but which do so in ways that indicate the reasons, and which also present their characters as people who at least make an attempt to struggle against a situation they little understand and of which they are the victim.

Don't avoid the Times and Winds. See it, but do so as a lesson in how an inadequate film could have been so much more.

Dan Bessie / danbes@volcano.net


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