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Clair Obscur (2016)

Tereddüt (original title)
Two Turkish women one oppressed by sexist traditions and one liberated by modern mores, have more in common than it would seem.

Director:

Yesim Ustaoglu

Writer:

Yesim Ustaoglu
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Cast

Credited cast:
Funda Eryigit ... Sehnaz / Psychiatrist
Ecem Uzun Ecem Uzun ... Elmas / Teenage wife
Okan Yalabik ... Umut / Doctor / Sehnaz's friend
Mehmet Kurtulus ... Cem / Sehnaz's Husband
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Metin Akdülger ... (Guest Star)
Emirhan Arikan Emirhan Arikan ... Yusuf
Fatma Nur Basaran Fatma Nur Basaran ... Yusuf's Mother
Cansu Dinçer Cansu Dinçer ... Asiye
Evren Duyal Evren Duyal ... Asiye's Mother
Serkan Keskin Serkan Keskin ... Husband
Sema Poyraz
Ahmet Rifat Sungar ... Teacher
Yasemin Çonka Yasemin Çonka ... Elmas's Mother
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Storyline

Clair Obscur is very much a tale of contrasts. Sehnaz (Funda Eryigit) is a resident psychiatrist at a hospital on Turkey's Blacksea coast. She is a glamorous figure, stylishly dressed with a comfortable home and a handsome lover in Cem (Mehmet Kurtulus). She has professional standing, personal contentment and a sense of control over her own destiny. If Sehnaz is the lipstick-wearing face of a forward-looking Turkey then teenager Elmas (Ecem Uzun) is very much the embodiment of conservative traditions that refuse to fade away. Elmas is the wife of a much older man and is a virtual slave, cooking, cleaning and tending to the needs of her demanding, disapproving mother-in-law. Shenaz considers sex to be a pleasure and looks forwards to her weekends in the arms of Cem. Elmas regards it as a painful obligation as she submits to a husband who shows little tenderness or concern for her well-being. On the surface, the two women could hardly be more different. The aftermath of tragic events ... Written by lament

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Turkey | France | Germany | Poland

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Turkish

Release Date:

10 March 2017 (Poland) See more »

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$49,667
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Interesting atmosphere
30 March 2018 | by timucin_savasSee all my reviews

The director is walking a thin line here and hardly avoids falling into the orientalism trap. Difficult to master this balance though, because this is not Tanna. Both female leads really good, male actors are a couple steps behind.

This part of the country is similar to Northern Europe, rain and storm and dark clouds, giant waves hammering the beach. If there was any intention of symbolism here, it wasn't well placed though.

Both leading characters were developed well, but we are so used to TV series these days one wishes we should have learnt more about them. Would they have had different lives if they had kids?


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