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Nefes: Vatan Sagolsun (2009)

Story of 40-man Turkish task force who must defend a relay station.

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Levent Semerci
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Cast

Credited cast:
Mete Horozoglu ... Cpt. Mete
Ilker Kizmaz Ilker Kizmaz ... Srg. Ilker Cavus
Baris Bagci Baris Bagci ... First Lieutenant Baris
Özgür Eren Koç Özgür Eren Koç ... Resul (as Ozgur Eren Koc)
Riza Sönmez Riza Sönmez ... Doctor (Voice) (as Riza Sonmez)
Engin Hepileri ... Taksideki Adam
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Birce Akalay Birce Akalay ... The wife of Cpt. Mete
Ibrahim Akoz Ibrahim Akoz ... Ibo
Serkan Altintas ... Vedat Dinckaya
Turgay Atalay Turgay Atalay ... Haberci Turgay
Ertunc Atar Ertunc Atar ... Ertunc
Okan Avci ... The dispatch rider of First Lieutenant Baris
Baris Aydin Baris Aydin ... Cemil
Engin Baykal Engin Baykal ... Radio Op. Srg. Sedat
Muharrem Bayrak Muharrem Bayrak ... Mami
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Storyline

A small group of Turkish soldiers in a remote patrol station in eastern Turkey face their near-certain death, during a time the conflict between Turkish Army and separatist militant organization PKK reached its peak point. Written by umuts

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If you fall asleep, you die...

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Action | Drama | Thriller | War

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Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

Turkey

Language:

Turkish

Release Date:

16 October 2009 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

De ademtocht See more »

Filming Locations:

Antalya, Turkey See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Creavidi, Fida Film See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Phone records in the film were actually recorded with the actors' real parents. See more »

Goofs

Story takes place in 1993 but the song "Gotur Beni Gittigin Yere" performed in the film was written in 1996. See more »

Quotes

Mete Yüzbasi: Have you ever been in a fight lieutenant? Do you know how Kanas sounds? First you hear a slight whistle and then boom.
[hits the stove with his knife]
Mete Yüzbasi: If you get to her that, it means you're good. But those who can't, tough luck.
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Hayat Kadini Allahsiz Surtuk
Written by Tezcan Yildiz
Performed by Turgay Atalay
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Breath/Nefes is Breathtaking
2 November 2010 | by kumirettoSee all my reviews

After watching Nefes/Breath I concluded that all other war movies I have seen so far were shot for entertainment purposes, not comedy of course but dramatic entertainment. Nefes is unlike them, I was fully captivated, experienced 'shock and awe' during the film and did not know that to do when it finished. The TV, DVD was on and in my bed I was lying perplexed, almost shellshocked, just lying still and thinking nothing for more than 10 minutes.

No, it is not a gory film, just that it is real, this is as real as it gets. I can not compare it with any war film or realistic video games such as CoD/MF2. How can it be so 'real' ? I don't know, probably because it was not shot for entertainment or box-office success purposes. The filmmaker had something to tell and he certainly did. My being Turkish may certainly have some influence, not for political reasons but because I fully understood the powerful dialogues.

Now, as I write this review I feel pressure on my chest and experience a rush of emotions. Six months is not enough time to recover from what I've experienced so I shall take another six.

10/10 Note : In Turkey copy dvds were common when the film was released, less common now as DVD prices were slashed. Yet no one copied Nefes. The 'copycat industry' refused to copy a DVD probably for the first time in their history !


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