Film - Feature | April 19 | 8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
The travails of a duty-bound husband and father who works in an economically struggling print shop are conveyed with humor and pathos in this beautifully performed Turkish film. Tufan is a basically kindhearted fellow who takes in a neighbor with emphysema and helps his daughter nurse a wounded crow. But as tensions at work rise and the increasingly sickly houseguest begins to strain his marriage, Tufan begins to wonder if trying to live a life that is just and good is worth the trouble. Winner, Best Film, Istanbul Film Festival.
[Debt] takes is strength from its authenticity, and it embraces a documentary-like reality. In a very natural way, the film tells the story of a middle-class family and the people in their lives in Eskişehir, Central Turkey; its like they set up a camera in a real familys home and just started filming their lives. The authentic environment created in the film is largely due to Saraçoğlus spot-on casting choices and the actors excellent performances. There is no doubt that Saraçoğlu is a keen observer. She accurately reflects her characters mentalities, behaviors, ways of speaking, social lives, and how they relate to shopkeepers, neighbors, and friends.Alin Taşçıyan, Ahval