An Australian man travels to Turkey after the Battle of Gallipoli to try and locate his three missing sons reported missing in action, where he forges a relationship with the beautiful Turkish woman who owns the hotel in which he stays. Holding onto hope, he must travel across the war-torn landscape with the help of a Turkish Officer, himself a veteran of the battles.Written by
The primary interior for the film was the two-story set for Ayshe (Olga Kurylenko)'s hotel. Producer Andrew Mason noted: "The inside of the hotel was built as one complete structure so that scenes could move through the front door and flow upstairs and into rooms or through the main dining room, into the kitchen and out to the courtyard." Production designer Christopher Kennedy added: "The hotel set was an amalgam of our favorite Ottoman architectural details surveyed in Istanbul and beyond during our research trips. The somewhat eclectic result was a building that, while responding to the internal geography required for the scenes, also provided a mysterious and seductive environment typical of the period setting and fitting the characters' circumstances." Those circumstances were also reflected in the costumes. See more »
The coffee cup that he drank out of was not made until 1955 at least, as it was made by the Belleek factory and the back stamp on it relates it to between 1955-1965. See more »
Russell Crowe has absolutely outdone himself with this film; it had me entranced from the start. Beautifully shot, amazing casting and the time and effort put into the making of this film really shone through. I feel the costumers deserve an Oscar nomination for this one - everything was spot on which for a period drama is almost impossible:) Flawless casting and great character development leads the viewer through the story; this film will bring out emotions and provoke thought. I loved the perspective of the film; it is an exceptional sensitive retelling of an historical story from both perspectives and I think this is one of the absolute highlights of this film.
See it - you won't be disappointed!Take the tissues though...
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