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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Tamam miyiz? (Turkish) [Are We Ok?]

First things first. Although I am reviewing the film here, I personally do not wanna classify this film as a gay film. The lead of the film is gay, yes, but thats all the extent of gayness that is to the film. This beautiful film is so much more than that. I will strongly recommend this film as it delves into human bonding and how e are all special and bring a change to each other's life.

Temmuz is an openly gay sculptor living at a flat with his dog in Istanbul. He enjoys a carefree attitude to his work and also to his relationship to his boyfriend.  This bohemian lifestyle and has a happy go lucky, carefree, eccentric nature gets him into trouble eventually leading him to be abandoned by his boyfriend via e-mail. He is given solace and affection by her wealthy mother, who is fully supportive of him, and best friend and co-worker, Beste. Temmus is constantly haunted in his dreams by a mystery man who wants his help and is asking him to come to him. At sea one day hanging with Beste, he finally sees the man of his dream in human form but without arms or legs. His name is Ihsan who is taken care of by his mother Feride. Temmuz comes up with a plan wherein he can see Ihsan everyday as a social worker so that he can solve the mystery of his dream. During one such sessions it turns out that Ihsan had also been getting dreams about Temmuz, and that the two mens' lives had to be carmically connected. Ihsan asks Temmuz to kill him because he cannot continue to live this life and he wants to ask God as to why he mad whim this way. Once Ihsan is in his life, we see how Temmuz approaches his sculptor work with renewed vigor. The destiny brings the 2 guys together and the ending is no endearing where in both men do end up making a difference in each other's life and teach a thing or two on how not to give up on life.

Wow! was my first reaction when the movie ended. I had stopped being bothered of the fact that there was nothing gay about the film. The special bonding that 2 guys share and want to be with each other as brothers and nothing more. Ihsan brings a renewed vigor in Temmuz' life and the latter in turn tries to infuse a reason into Ihsan to live. The director clearly knows how to tackle human emotions and present it to viewers. Destiny brought them together but they now have to figure out why are they destined to be together. Performance is top notch from all the actors. Sure Temmuz's mother looks like a walking advertisement of botox but even she acted quite well. Her last scene threatening Ihsan's father was simply superb. Ferida's character ws so loving and enchanting. You wanna give a hug to woman and tell her that everything will be alright. Temmuz as eccentric gay male is excellent and Ihsan is definitely very cute and charming. Their growth of characters is amazing. The music and background music need special mention. It was haunting and enchanting. The ending I felt was a little rushed but overall it was still worth it. Excellent visuals of Istanbul, that make me want to go there again even more.

Strongly recommend the film to everyone. Lovers of good cinema (7.5/10)


Harpoon said...

Great movie. I actually cried when I watched it a couple of years back. Now found the English subtitles and watching again. Thanks for the reminder

Golu said...

you are welcome. It is really a good movie and now that I am temporarily living in Istanbul, it makes it even more relevant

Ali said...

Very nice! I hope you are having fantastic times in Istanbul.

I love Istanbul. I'll be visiting in August again and can hardly wait :-)

Golu said...

yeah its a fantastic place. i love it. Let's meet maybe when u r here. send me your email

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