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  • Summary: The story of two men who form an unlikely friendship while making the transition to city life in Istanbul.
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  1. Sensitive, gritty and courageous, this film gathers a power and focus not foreshadowed in its deliberately rambling earlier sequences.
  2. 80
    An incisive drama about a waking nightmare.
  3. Ustaoglu has pulled off a rare feat in this film, enlightening us about a horrible situation while never losing sight of his central tale of friendship and loyalty.
  4. 75
    Though the final journey drags at times, the early expository scenes in the shadows of Saint Sophia and assorted mosques are impressive and quite moving.
  5. A remarkable second feature from writer-director Yesim Ustaoglu.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    Fictional but frighteningly realistic.
  7. 60
    Ustaoglu has made Mehmet unbelievably naive -- and the hardships piled upon him unintentionally evoke "The Perils of Pauline." That dilutes what should be a powerful protest film, and robs it of the emotional impact it aims for.

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