"The Coop": Evocative First Film by Turkish Actor Ufuk Bayraktar

April 25, 2015 6:30 PM

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One of my favorite movies at the recent Istanbul Film Festival was The Coop, an evocative debut film by Turkish actor Ufuk Bayraktar. The first shot is striking. A man is furiously chopping wood with an axe, high in the hills of Antalya, while his subdued wife, nearby, appears worried and coughs. We are drawn to the woman's dark unquiet eyes, startled by the violent sounds and gestures of the husband. We are also stunned by the beauty of the Turkish countryside, the rolling hills, the ancient stone buildings and (throughout the film) the ominous sound of falling rain.

In this remote area, in this modest traditional family, unrest broods.

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