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100 minutes · 2012
"Slow cinema" from Turkey, this 2010 feature by Semih Kaplanoglu presents the daily experience of a beekeeper's young son who lives in a village near the Black Sea. I haven't seen Kaplanoglu's Egg (2007) or Milk (2008), which deal with the same character as an adult, though I might have found this more meaningful if I had. Apparently the boy grows up to be a poet, which would lend some poignancy to his struggle in learning to read, but without any sense of what his poetry will be like, the drama feels generic and inert. Taken on its own terms, this is a good-looking travelogue with some sensitive depictions of children and farm life, but little distinguishes it from the current wave of international films concerning similar subject matter. In Turkish with subtitles.

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