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Amid the intense political violence of Istanbul, Kadir is released on parole two years early on the condition that he become an informant for the police gathering terrorist informations, activities, and searching for bombs on trash cans.
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Esra Bezen Bilgin,
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Mehmet is a man living with his family in a mountain village in Black Sea. He earns his life breeding a few animals, while looking for a mineral reserve on the mountains but his pursuit is seen as useless by his family. Destroyed in search of a mineral reserve, his hope is renewed with the news of a competition.
I'd watched this picture in a theater, only with a few audiences. Besides, it was the only theater which was screening this movie in a 5-million-populated city. I suppose, that's enough to say how "underrated" it is.
Primarily, this movie is result of an enormous effort. Some sequences were probably waited to take for months; all scripted climatic changes were in natural schedule. Peaks, caves, cliffs... Every kind of topography had been background for strongly rough shots. Furthermore, acting of all inexperienced locals are astonishing. I would argue that real actors wouldn't act as good (natural) as locals did.
"Human against nature" is a strong theme if it's adapted into screen properly. A contemporary movie "The Revenant" is a powerful one, especially in cinematography, however it's naturalism imitates the reality. On the other hand, Cold of Calandar avoids the exaggeration of mankind's superhuman resistance. This movie is reality's itself: Pure relentless nature and it's eternal and unguarded toy: human.
Mustafa Kara is a promising director and fairly young as well (36 years old). Hopefully he keeps up his good work.
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