6.3/10
4,666
20 user 85 critic

The Cut (2014)

Trailer
2:04 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

In 1915 a man survives the Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire, but loses his family, speech and faith. One night he learns that his twin daughters may be alive, and goes on a quest to find them.

Director:

Fatih Akin

Writers:

Fatih Akin, Mardik Martin (co-writer)
2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Aurora Mardiganian, a young and beautiful Armenian girl, lives with her parents in the Turkish city of Havpoul. Her father, a prosperous merchant, was preparing to send her to the West to ... See full summary »

Director: Oscar Apfel
Stars: Aurora Mardiganian, Irving Cummings, Anna Q. Nilsson
Armenian Genocide (TV Movie 2006)
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

The first Genocide of the 20th century when over a million Armenians died at the hands of the Ottoman Turks during World War I, between 1915 and 1918.

Director: Andrew Goldberg
Stars: Julianna Margulies, Ron Suny, Peter Balakian
Mother (1992)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

This film recounts Henri Verneuil's relationship with his father who had brought his Armenian family to Marseille, France, in order to escape from the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire.

Director: Henri Verneuil
Stars: Richard Berry, Omar Sharif, Nathalie Roussel
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

The iconic "1915 Armenian Genocide" was originally produced in 1980 (digitally restored and re-released in 2010) is based on the eyewitness accounts of four survivors whose compelling story... See full summary »

Director: Mark Bedrosian
Stars: Paul Schaefer
Screamers (2006)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Internationally known director Carla Garapedian follows the rock band System of a Down as they tour Europe and the US pointing out the horrors of modern genocide that began in Armenia in 1915 up though Darfur today.

Director: Carla Garapedian
Stars: Taner Akçam, Hrant Dink, John Dolmayan
Mother (1991)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In 1915 a genocide happened in the Ottoman Empire and about 1.5 million Armenians were systematically murdered by the government of the Young Turks. This is a movie about the life of a ... See full summary »

Director: Henri Verneuil
Stars: Claudia Cardinale, Omar Sharif, Nathalie Roussel
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A US Senator's son (Jaime Kennedy) who attempts to forget the break up of his fiancée, is forced to vacation in Turkey by his best friends. A para-sailing trip mishap lands him in a small ... See full summary »

Director: Gor Kirakosian
Stars: Angela Sarafyan, Jamie Kennedy, Dave Sheridan
Ararat (2002)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Interrogated by a customs officer, a young man recounts how his life was changed during the making of a film about the Armenian genocide.

Director: Atom Egoyan
Stars: Charles Aznavour, Brent Carver, Eric Bogosian
1915 (2015)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Exactly 100 years after the Armenian Genocide, a theatre director stages a play to bring the ghosts of the past back to life.

Directors: Garin Hovannisian, Alec Mouhibian
Stars: Simon Abkarian, Angela Sarafyan, Sam Page
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A stirring and stunning story of an aristocratic family who is unexpectedly swept into the ravages of World War I and a forbidden passion that may be the family's only hope.

Directors: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani
Stars: Paz Vega, Moritz Bleibtreu, Alessandro Preziosi
Aghet - Ein Völkermord (TV Movie 2010)
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Director: Eric Friedler
Stars: Hermann Beyer, Samuel Finzi, Martina Gedeck
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Villagers in Turkey's Black Sea village of Camburnu struggle with the government's decision to turn their community into a garbage dump.

Director: Fatih Akin
Stars: Mayor Hüseyin Alioglu, Bünyamin Seyrekbasan, Nezihan Haslaman
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tahar Rahim ... Nazaret Manoogian
Simon Abkarian ... Krikor
Makram Khoury ... Omar Nasreddin
Hindi Zahra ... Rakel
Kevork Malikyan ... Hagob Nakashian
Bartu Küçükçaglayan ... Mehmet
Zein Fakhoury Zein Fakhoury ... Arsinée
Dina Fakhoury Dina Fakhoury ... Lucinée
Trine Dyrholm ... Orphanage Headmistress
Arsinée Khanjian ... Mrs. Nakashian
Akin Gazi ... Hrant
Arevik Martirosyan ... Ani
Moritz Bleibtreu ... Peter Edelman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Adam Bousdoukos
Lara Heller ... Lucinée & Arsinée Manoogian (Adult)
Edit

Storyline

This film is based on the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire 1915, which resulted in the forced migration and diaspora of the Armenian minority. One day a young family man, Nazaret Manoogian, gets deported by the Turkish authorities together with all the other Armenian men from his native village of Mardin. He becomes a forced laborer and only survives the mass murder by chance and an act of kindness, but loses his family, speech and faith. One night the devastated Nazaret learns that his daughters may still be alive and didn't die like his wife from starvation, violence or rape on death marches. Nazaret goes on a quest to find them and travels from his small village through the Mesopotamian deserts to the sea, always looking for clues that might lead him to his children. Nazaret's epic journey will take him from Asia to America, from the end to a new beginning... Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Germany | France | Italy | Russia | Poland | Canada | Turkey | Jordan

Release Date:

16 October 2014 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

El padre See more »

Filming Locations:

Cuba See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

€16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,880, 25 September 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$28,066, 15 November 2015
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Screenwriter Mardik Martin co-wrote Mean Streets (1973), New York, New York (1977) and Raging Bull (1980) for director Martin Scorsese. In addition Martin wrote or co-wrote the treatments for three of Scorsese's early documentary projects: Italianamerican (1974) , The Last Waltz (1978) and American Boy: A Profile of - Steven Prince (1978). Scorsese and Martin were both film students at NYU and started their long-lasting collaboration in 1964 with the short It's Not Just You, Murray! (1964). In 2014 Scorsese met again with Martin and director Fatih Akin to see a version of The Cut (2014), their first meeting in over a decade. See more »

Connections

References America America (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Everything To Get You Back (The Cut Version)
by Hindi Zahra
(P) 2014 Bureau B
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
An impressive journey, but less impressive film
20 October 2014 | by mskirollosSee all my reviews

Faith Akin's epic tale of hope and survival, set in the time of the Armenian Genocide amidst the Great War and the resulting diaspora all over the world. I watched 'The Cut' lately during the London Film Festival, and found it worth the time in general and definitely had its good moments. It did not go for over-sentimentality and didacticism but rather showed an impressive journey of search and survival. For me, the wide shots in the desert and in the streets of Cuba were special, and there was very good work with costumes and set decoration. Some might argue that Armenians and Turks speaking English felt unnatural but it was totally justified for me.

However, the film fell short in several aspects, and during viewing I constantly had the feeling that much more could have been done with the powerful story that could have greatly enriched and added more depth to the end-product. The poor screenplay dialogue was the most obvious shortcoming in the film, and while its over-simplicity can be regarded by some as appealing minimalism, it remained a huge disappointment. One scene epitomised the problem here, when the protagonist discovered that his daughters were still alive, his friend shouted exuberantly with no more than "This is good .. this is good ". It is possible here that using the English language presented a problem. The contrived ending was, to a lesser extent, irritating as well but the slow camera work saved it. I found a particular scene very interesting, when the Turks were evacuating the Syrian city and a Turkish boy got injured by a thrown stone, and the protagonist's reaction, and I wish there were more of these side stories, like watching Chaplin's 'The Kid'.

In addition to screenplay, several techniques could have added more to the story; exposition by flashbacks at different parts of the journey (some dreams were deployed but to a limited effect), voice- overs contemplating the condition of humanity at the time of war. A good soundtrack could have made a big difference as well, and in such a film I think dispensing of such a poor soundtrack altogether could have yielded a better result and added a minimalistic touch, although of course this would have been difficult with the protagonist speech handicap and the lack of a narrator.

The challenging task for the main actor, to rely entirely on facial expressions and body gestures because of handicap early in the narrative, was met by a solid performance, but could be easily overlooked by general audience because of the shortcomings of the other narration elements.

An impressive story of survival, and a very important yet overlooked subject in recent history compared with others of even less scale, but less impressive film. The beautiful shots and powerful story were not enough to elevate it to the epic legendary status, but it is still worth watching.


15 of 30 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 20 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed