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  • Summary: When 17-year-old Meryem is found disheveled and unconscious by the side of a lake in the countryside, her family believes the worst – that her chastity has been lost. They turn to the ancient principle of “tore,” a strict moral code that condemns Meryem to death. The duty of upholding the family’s honor falls upon a distant cousin, Cemal, who has just completed a brutal tour in the military. Together they embark on a surprising journey across traditional and modern-day Turkey in this unforgettable film. (First Run Features) Expand
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  1. This consistently gripping, visually intoxicating film stands as a landmark of contemporary Turkish cinema.
  2. Self-discovery always comes with a cost, and in Bliss the price is a great one. It is mesmerizing to watch it unfold in the lives of these two young people.
  3. Just as key to the movie's impact are its well-acted scenes of heart-wrenching emotion, although some stray perilously close to melodrama.
  4. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    60
    To its favor, the film is blessed with strong peformances by Ozgu Namal as Meryem and Murat Han as Cemal.
  5. Though calling out the abominable oppression of women, even in a vehicle as didactic as Bliss, serves at least some redeemable purpose.
  6. The result is infotainment dressed up as an art flick. Turkish society is fascinatingly complex and its East/West tensions give rise not to easy allegories but to hard ambiguities. To explore that truth, read any novel by Orhan Pamuk. To escape it, watch Bliss.
  7. Director Abdullah Oguz gives us lots of nice scenery, but the simplistic story and characters strain credibility. What's more, the climactic plot turn is as hokey as it gets.
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  1. Jan 26, 2012
    9
    Excellent movie. Highly recommended. Great story, gripping main character, excellent acting and beautiful scenery. One of those movies that you have no idea if it's heading towards heartbreaking tragedy or poetic justice. Expand

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