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Bal (2010)

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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no music | forest | honey | boy | village | See All (86) »

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Drama

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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:

€1,250,000 (estimated)
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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 Yumurta (2007) See more »

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Bittersweet Honey
25 February 2010 | by RindianaSee all my reviews

From time to time you encounter a movie that's excellent, but somehow doesn't get to you the way it should. This one's such a movie.

So much is done the right way: the calm narrative style and some wonderfully photographed scenes deepen the already atmospheric location work; the actors are convincing; and there's no need for cheap plot twists and conclusions.

But something's missing, maybe some sort of magic realism that would transcend the simple story into a meatier concoction.

I liked it, but I didn't love it.

7 out of 10 humiliating book-readings


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