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  • Summary: A bit of a Don Juan with his styled hair and single earring, KRET (17) illegally sells roses in the traffic jam on the Bosphorus bridge that links Asia and Europe. At the same time, he is striving for a regular job in the old downtown of Istanbul. UMUT (28) drives a shared taxi passing theA bit of a Don Juan with his styled hair and single earring, KRET (17) illegally sells roses in the traffic jam on the Bosphorus bridge that links Asia and Europe. At the same time, he is striving for a regular job in the old downtown of Istanbul. UMUT (28) drives a shared taxi passing the Bosphorus bridge every day. He is searching for a better apartment to rent in order to satisfy his wife, whose desires are beyond his earnings. The traffic policeman Murat (24), who is stationed at the Bosphorus bridge, feels alone amidst the solid lines of cars. Each night at home, he logs on to the internet seeking for dating chances. Unaware of each other, Fikret, Umut and Murat intersect in the rush hour every day with millions of other Istanbulites, coping with the straits of fulfilling their aspirations in the big city. The story is based on the lives of the characters depicting themselves in the original locations. (Endorphine Production)
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
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  1. Reviewed by: Carmen Gray
    Jun 19, 2012
    80
    Showing a keen, compassionate eye for human observation, Özge reveals how each of his character's lives is as gridlocked as the cars on the bridge.
  2. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    Jun 19, 2012
    70
    A powerful portrait of working-class Istanbul that artfully suggests a wellspring of found moments. Quietly, steadily, it gathers a resonance belying its slice-of-life scale.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark Holcomb
    Jun 19, 2012
    70
    Raw yet respectful and tenderly observed.
  4. Reviewed by: Andrew Pulver
    Jun 19, 2012
    60
    All in all, this is a carefully modulated plea for tolerance and mutual understanding.
  5. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Jun 19, 2012
    60
    The result is a fascinating, if somewhat scattered, meta attempt to straddle modernism and realism, creating an aesthetic purgatory oddly similar to the film's geographical one.
  6. Reviewed by: Kalvin Henely
    Jun 19, 2012
    50
    If director Asli Özge has said something about modern-day Istanbul, she's done it in fairly broad strokes that may be too far apart for the sake of a discernible narrative.
  7. Reviewed by: Sam Toy
    Jun 19, 2012
    40
    Despite one or two nice moments and the naturalistic tone, it's all a bit of a slog.