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Bes Vakit (2006)

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 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
Utku Baris Sarma Utku Baris Sarma ... Ali - Ömer's little brother
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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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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,176, 22 June 2008
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Atlantik Film,Imaj See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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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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Orient & Occident (2000)
By Arvo Pärt
Performed by The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Tõnu Kaljuste (uncredited)
Courtesy of ECM Records, 2002
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Love and Lucidity
16 May 2011 | by p_radulescuSee all my reviews

A tiny poor village of a few hundreds, surrounded by rocky cliffs. Goats and olive trees, as everywhere in the region. The Black Sea can be seen from the cliffs, having the changing color of the sky, gray when it's windy, blue when it's sunny. Poverty of the place continuing in the majesty of the landscape, village life mastered by the moods of nature. The five times of prayer, midnight, morning, noon, afternoon, evening, are just brief moments to realize that you are at the mercy of what time brings.

This is Kozlu, the birthplace of Turkish director Reha Erdem, and Bes Vakit (Times and Winds, made in 2006) is about this village and these cliffs, about the moods of weather and the times of prayer, and about these people.

It is a movie full of love for this universe while devoid of any sentimentalism. The magnificent surroundings, the cliffs and the sea in close distance, pictured with awe, the poor village pictured with love, you feel this tenderness flowing from the screen; where the movie becomes unsentimental is when picturing the moods of people. They are his people, the guys of his village, the director is one of them, it is his universe. It is here love and lucidity. From the elders to the young, they are too challenged by these times and winds, to find space for kindness to one another. The elders are authoritative to the point of arbitrariness, the children grow up feeling the unfairness of the elders, hating them, childishly wishing their death. Three children of some eleven, twelve years are the main characters of this movie. On the threshold of puberty, a coming of age through frustration and resentment, balanced eventually by the miracles of nature they are witnessing. The unexpected coming and going of storms and winds will slowly teach them about the relativity of everything. The animal mating will be an abrupt lesson about the ultimate simplicity of love. The birth of a baby will show them the beauty of life despite all odds. The approaching of death of the father will make the boy suddenly and painfully realize what fear means, the terrible fear of loosing his father, how stupid his hate has been, his wish to see him dead.


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