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.

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Semih Kaplanoglu
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Complete credited cast:
Bora Altas ... Yusuf
Erdal Besikçioglu ... Yakup the father
Tülin Özen Tülin Özen ... Zehra the mother
Ayse Altay Ayse Altay
Özkan Akcay Özkan Akcay
Alev Uçarer Alev Uçarer
Selami Gökce Selami Gökce
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The young boy Yusuf's best friend is his father, who supports his family's modest life with the honey he collects from tall trees in the forests of the remote Turkish countryside. Yusuf is a quiet boy, and his mother is concerned for his future. Perhaps he will follow in his father's footsteps, or perhaps school will offer him other opportunities. But the honey crop is failing, and Yusuf has trouble learning how to read. The greatest fear strikes when Yusuf's father doesn't return home from the forest. Written by Peter Brandt Nielsen

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no music | house | forest | honey | boy | See All (85) »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official submission of Turkey for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 83rd Academy Awards in 2011. See more »

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Yakup: Dreams are not told aloud.
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Follows Egg (2007) See more »

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a story
29 June 2017 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

it is tempting to define it as art film. or as poem about life. or as masterpiece. in fact, it is only a story. a story like many others from the old times. a family. a boy. memories. and the absence. all is well known. the film is only support for remind. and each scene becomes a trip in yourself. a circle around basic truths. rediscover of the purpose of cinema. this is all. a family. a boy. the father. and the forest. like a line. letters and signs and the voice of teller. parts of reflection of world in yourself.


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Country:

Turkey | Germany | France

Language:

Turkish

Release Date:

25 March 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bal (Honey) See more »

Filming Locations:

Rize, Turkey See more »

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Budget:

EUR1,250,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,381,730
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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