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Honey (2010)

Bal (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 25 March 2011 (USA)
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.

Director:

Semih Kaplanoglu
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bora Altas ... Yusuf
Erdal Besikçioglu ... Yakup
Tülin Özen ... Zehra
Ayse Altay Ayse Altay
Özkan Akcay Özkan Akcay
Alev Uçarer Alev Uçarer
Selami Gökce Selami Gökce
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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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Box Office

Budget:

EUR1,250,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,326,639
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The poem that a female student reads aloud and which Yusuf listens to is a Turkish translation of Arthur Rimbaud's "Sensation." See more »

Quotes

Yakup: Dreams are not told aloud.
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Connections

Follows Egg (2007) See more »

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Memorable Depiction of a Way of Life Under Threat
14 November 2013 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee all my reviews

Set in the Black Sea area of Turkey, BAL is a vivid depiction of village life under threat. Yakup (Erdal Besikcioglu) tries to make a living collecting honey, but finds that there is no money in it. He travels to another part of the region in search of better prospects, but meets a sticky end. His fellow-villagers eke out an existence through traditional pursuits such as rope-making, but they cannot really survive. The main focus of the action is on Yusuf (Bora Altas) a young boy who feels unable to communicate with the outside world; possessed of a stammer, he is frequently laughed at by his classmates. The only was he can survive is through dreams of a better life - whether it be in the Black Sea region, or as symbolized by the elements (such as the moon). The cinematic style is slow, with plenty of long shots allowing viewers to contemplate the characters' reactions within the frame. However director Semih Kaplanoglu uses this style to make an acute commentary on a declining way of life, as well as showing the ways in which children are often forced to do things they don't want to, both at home and at school. A complex film that befits repeated viewings.


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