far, A & O film critic Sylvain Richard has had time to
see the following films. Here are his ratings, always out
of 4, reserving 2.5 or more for a noteworthy film, 3.5 for
an exceptional film, 4 for a classic.
Sylvain Richard's best ever films = (Historias Minimas; Smoking
Room; Carandiru; Crimen Ferpecto; Un Dias Sin Mexicano; My
Best Enemy; The Chair; Pan's Labyrinth; Silent Light; It Smells)
CARS OF THE REVOLUTION ( DEVARIM ARABALARI),
Historically accurate account of the developement and building
of the Devarim -- the first car to be manufactured in Turkey
(the year is 1961). Well crafted scenario, exquisite score,
good performances throughout. A compelling rendering of
the productive synthesis of unity and determination.
MOMMY I`M SCARED (KORKUYORUM ANNE),
Day to day look at Turkish society that does not quite
engage despite low key humour. Rambling and unfocused.
2.7 -- ICE CREAM, I SCREAM (DONDURMAN
Social, political and economic comedy about a local ice cream
vendor struggling to succeed against a huge competitor.
Delightfully engaging characters. Amusing plot lines.
-- CLOUDS OF MAY (MAYIS SIKINTISI),
Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Human drama about a film maker who returns to his village
to shoot a film, which upsets the apparent happiness
of his parents and relatives. Slow to engage but does
seep in. Beautiful landscapes shots of Turkish countryside.
3.2 -- TAKVA - A MAN'S FEAR OF GOD,
Social drama exposing the potentially destructive power of
religiously induced guilt. Although set in an Islamic
context, this film has a universal application. A stricly
devout and humble man is given a position of responsibility
by a rich and powerfull religious group. This puts him
in conflict with his concepts about his responsibilties
towards God. Convincing performance from the lead.
-- DISTANT (UZAK),
Nuri Bilge Ceylan
A photographer in Istanbul opens his home to his younger
cousin from the country. Continuing with the themes
taken up in the director's previous film, "Clouds
of May," Ceylan's latest allows him to productively
contrast city versus country life, which evolves into
meditation on life. To great effect, he uses the same
two actors, Muzaffer Ozdemir and Mehmit Emin Toprak.
2.8 -- THE INTERNATIONAL (BEYNELMILEL),
Set in Southeast Turkey in the early 1980s during marshal
law, this bittersweet, politically charged comedy
centers on a group of musicians trying to make ends
meet. The commander decides to draft them into serving
their country. Humour is light-hearted but not immune
to the uncertainty of the times. Ample use of Turkish