Title: Times and Winds/ Bes Vakit
Subject: Children grow up in a world of religious and cultural tensions.
Year: Turkish Release: 2006; English Release: 2008
Produced By: Ömer Atlay
Distributed By: Atlantik Film
Format: DVD, Turkish with English Subtitles
Reviewed by: Malcolm L. Rigsby, J.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, Department of Sociology, Human Services and Criminal Justice, Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas, http://www.hsu.edu/sociology/.
Running Time: 111 minutes
Rating: Highly Recommended. 5 of 5 Stars
Directed by: Raha Erdem
Starring: Ozen Ozkan, Ali Bey Kayali, Elit Işcan
Audience Level: High School, College and General Adult (some graphic language and sexual connotation).
Toronto International Film Festival, Official Selection, 2006
Rome Film Festival, 2006
Pusan International Film Festival, 2006
Istanbul International Film Festival, National Competition, 2006
Best Turkish Film
Adana Golden Boll Film Festival, National Competition, 2006
Best Turkish Film
Best Supporting Actor (Bülent Emin Yarar)
Best Promising Actor (Ali Bey Kayali)
Best Promising Actress (Elit Işcan)
Int. Mediterranean Film Festival Montpellier, Competition, 2006
It was King Solomon that said that everything has a time and a season. So it goes in this rural Turkish village in the mountains along the sea. The three main characters, Ömer (Ozen Ozkan), Yakup (Ali Bey Kayali), and Yildiz (Elit Işcan) are adolescents seeking to find their place in a world controlled by religion, custom, and nature. Like an iron cage the characters move about freely within the cage, but are still confined by its boundaries.
This film portrays the experiences of growing up and the oppositions and tensions that exist between generations who on the one hand desire to stay true to their community but at once seek to expand their own understanding of life. As one grandmother in the film says emphatically about men; as boys they are sweet, but they all grow into men that hate the world. Like the seasons and the wind time ever advances and affects our lives. Although we focus on the lives of the children in this film we also note the continued tensions experienced by the adults, particularly the men who must continue to wrest with the extended family, their relationships with their children and their wives.
The music scores in this film will no doubt set the ominous tone for an enjoyable and very thoughtful experience. The film moves very slowly for the most part and for this reason I would normally rate it lower as a must see. However, due to the deep subject matter and the excellent way the director and editors brought out intrigue I compensate for the slow pace. Although the film supplies moments of humor, suspense and young love; if you are looking for a thriller, romance, or a comedy look elsewhere. If you wish to enjoy beautiful screen shots, nature in its splendor and deeply meaningful expressionism you must see Times and Winds. Many scenes in this film returned me to my childhood and adolescence as well as seeing my own child mature. Like the characters we see all sorts of realities. We see the young Yakip who is in love with his teacher, Ömer who hates his father for a reason never truly expressed, and Yildiz the girl moving from childhood to womanhood. With each day and challenge we see each child grow up and adapt their own understanding of their unique culture and life.
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