Our Grand Despair: Berlin Review:
BERLIN — Don’t be fooled by the somber title of Our Grand Despair, which after a grief-laden opening turns out to be one of the frothier entries in a Berlinale competition slate predictably chock-full of weightier fare. A bromantic Jules et Jim-lite love-triangle set in a snowy Ankara, it’s an accessibly droll, bittersweet comedy (rather more sweet than bitter) which has considerable English-language remake potential.
Though hardly an especially significant example of contemporary Turkish cinema, it’ll prove catnip for festivals worldwide and could well click at domestic box offices in its native land. Continue reading
Mustafa (Osman Inan) is a hard-working and ambitious agricultural merchant who is cold and austere towards his family. One day he has a brain hemorrhage on a business trip and goes into a coma after the operation. Guler (Ayten Tokun) is suspicious of her husband having an affair. Veysel (Harun Ozuag), their teenage son, wants to leave the military academy and study business administration. Ali (Tayfun Gunay), their 10-year-old son, has to cope both with his bully classmate and the chewing gums he has to sell. Hasan (Taner Birsel), Mustafa’s younger brother, chose to live a life in solitude after getting a divorce, and has always been an outsider to the family. But now, with his brother in coma, he finds himself involved in family affairs. Hasan has to solve the mystery about Mustafa’s mistress and the money lost during his trip. (IMDb) Continue reading
A young woman moves to her new apartment, where one of her new neighbors, a young man living alone, gets interested in her. (IMDb) Continue reading