Bal

Bal

Bal

               Genre: Drama
               Forest, childhood, nature, father-son relationship, Berlinale 2010, bees, stuttering
  What a start: A man enters with his mule in a clearing and preparing a rope, threw it over a tree so that it becomes entangled in a forked branch with a powerful drag examine whether the rope is firmly secured, and makes then it climb my tree. Halfway there, he heard a crack above him, the branch on which the rope is starting to break down and bends so that the man a few yards rushing down and then helplessly suspended between heaven and earth. It is the prelude to a film that demands a lot of viewers – especially patience.

In Bal Yusuf (Altas Bora) is that we have experienced in Yumurta as adult poets, from a little boy six years, who loves his father, Yakup (Erdal Besikcioglu) forests of his homeland . roam Less happy is the boy in the school, where he is ridiculed by his classmates because of his stuttering and his reading disability. His father fed the family by selling herself harvested honey. When the bees, which is to secure the very modest living, suddenly fail, the man forced to try his luck further away from home for the bees. For days when he returns from a tour that starts in Yusuf and his mother, the painful period of waiting, which eventually condensed into a terrible certainty …

Bal is the third (because recently realized), while the first part (because of the childhood of its protagonist narrative) by Semih Kaplanoğlu Yusuf Trilogy, in addition to this film still from Yumurta / Egg and Süt / Milk is . Anyone who already knows the two previous parts, already knows what awaits him in this film. Kaplanoğlu is a poet, a poet who paints, who developed an incredible calmness and deliberation his stories, which gives the nature of space and holds even the smallest and insignificant act within the narrative of immense importance. Long, rigid attitudes without music, but with the sound tapestry of nature and almost without a spoken word, constantly unusual perspectives and require extremely slow, distended and displaced narrative pace for a closer look at – is the clock in the morning at nine, after a short night Many films have already seen a real challenge. And yet, it is worth it completely. Because it creates the film that created its own unique charm and kidnap with economical means of a fascinating other world.

(Joachim Kurz)

Title: Bal Original Title: Honey Country of production: Germany, Turkey Year of production: 2010 Length: 104 (min)

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