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The greatest problem is that you have to know history to understand this movie and be touched so I think the director should have given a prologue at the beginning as it is done in many movies.This is very important if we want a movie to be seen by everyone not only from Turkish and Greeks.Good performances and it is a very educational movie which talks about the disaster that war causes to both sides...for this humanitarian approach I give a higher rate than the movie deserves
If there was a historical prologue,more scenes from the past in Ismir between Ross and Ismail as flashbacks this would be a much better movie.
Still deserves to watch it :)
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