What do we not learn from this beautiful film?
1.) Things are not always as they seem, even when it looks like your big brother has abandoned you.
2.) Even when the struggle seems hopeless, imagine how that kid has survived, and keep going.
This film starts off with a father, clearly suffering from TB, caring for his young daughter Özlem, and teaching her, through music, about life and the people in the world. Sadly, she doesn’t get much time to learn with him, as the TB finished him off. Fortunately, she did learn enough to show her bombastic uncle that she is also a violin virtuoso, once he learns to listen. Along the way, we learn how he turned to this bombastic defense mechanism, and how some family history, passed by his niece to him from his defunct brother, changes his views. Also, we see some of the distinctions in Turkish society between upper and lower class Istanbul’luler (residents of The City), and a bit of the bureaucracy inherited from Byzantium.
An incredibly beautiful film that I didn’t mind watching 3 times to catch some of the rapid fire Turkish!
Next, on Turkish Tuesdays, “Sihirli Annem başlıyor!” “Sihirli Annem begins!”
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Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS