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Kardeşim Benim – Movie Review

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Movie – Kardeşim Benim        English Title – My Brother

Release Year –  2016                Country of Origin – Turkey

Language – Turkish      Genre – Comedy, Drama, Adventure

Kardeşim Benim Movie Review:

Kardeşim Benim (My Brother) is a refreshing, youthful and entertaining Turkish film. The film stars Burak Özçivit, Murat Boz and Aslı Enver in lead roles. Released in January – 2016 Kardeşim Benim is already the 2nd most successful Turkish movie this year. Mert Baykal’s direction is cool and Zafer Külünk‘s story is good enough to entertain you. Talking of the acting credentials of the cast Murat Boz and Burak Özçivit have done extremely well as “estranged” brothers.

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Burak Özçivit & Murat Boz – Kardeşim Benim

Aslı Enver as Zeynep too is impressive throughout this comedy drama film. The locations are exotic and the countryside Turkey is charming. Murat Boz himself has sung for the movie and the songs as well as background music score is appealing.

Story-line of the film:

Now, let’s talk about the story of Kardeşim Benim film. Hakan (Burak Özçivit) and Ozan (Murat Boz ) are brothers both of whom are musicians, singer to be precise. Ozan, has made a name for himself in the Turkish Pop world and is a national star. While Hakan’s records have hardly done any business. They both don’t like each other and don’t want to see each other’s face. But, destiny has something else for them.

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Burak Özçivit & Murat Boz – Kardeşim Benim

Due to the death of their father and his unique last wish Ozan and Hakan must travel to a faraway city to “sing together” like the old days they use to sing with their father. In the way they help an unfamiliar girl named Zeynep (Aslı Enver). Over the journey they become friends with each other. But, as the things were looking back to normal for the two brothers Ozan gets a shocking news. His pics are circulating in the media over the course of journey. And, he is threatened by his organizers that if he doesn’t turn up for the “concert” they will sue him.

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Zeynep, Ozan & Hakan enjoying their journey…

Ozan decides to continue the journey despite of it. The twist in the journey comes when they find out that they have a “step sister”. Now, comes the real test of character and relationship for the brothers. Hakan decides to find out the truth while Ozan flies back to Istanbul for his concert after he learns that it was Zeynep (who by that time becomes Hakan’s love interest) who sent his pics to the media. Hakan too is disturb and feels cheated.

The film ends when the step sister Ayşe, needs urgent donor to recover from marrow cancer. Both the brothers come for help and one succeeds. Now, Ozan and Hakan again have a family as well as happiness as they once had.

My Verdict & Rating:

I rated this film 8/10. Kardeşim Benim is a bit different from ordinary Turkish movies. There is youthfulness in the film and the music is really cool. One good aspect was the film was its “unpredictability” the story although not too unique, but still keeps you interested all the way. So, my recommendation is to watch this film to get a taste of Turkish Cinema. I am sure you too will love this Turkish Delight… 🙂

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Vavien – Movie Review

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Movie: Vavien (2009)

Country of Origin: Turkey

Language: Turkish

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller

Vavien Movie Review: 

Vavien is set in a typical Turkish middle class society and revolves around its problems. In the start of the movie one can easily recognize that whatever is happening in the lives of Celal (Engin Günaydın) and his wife Sevilay (Binnur Kaya) is not good. There is an atmosphere of discomfort and uneasiness between them although after being married for several years they still don’t trust each other and that results in a very complex situation for them which leads Celal to make a plan to get rid of his wife. He succeeds in his plan but his plan fails when his wife instead of dying  comes back to home. The camera work and screenplay is fine. All the characters have played their part well and the acting is really good especially by the lead characters. Background music is also good. The name “Vavien” has its significance in a way that it represents a circuit that is used to switch off two lights by the same button. Sevilay asks her husband to make a Vavien for her deputy but Celal replies that it’s difficult he can’t do it. In the end with the help of Cemal (his brother) he successfully makes a Vavien for the deputy and the film ends here with everything getting settle in the life of the couple after they talk to each other. The film gives a very simple message that it’s not impossible to solve any problem, but we need to work on it to solve it.

My Rating of Vavien:

I am giving this movie only 6 out of 10 as I believe it could have been better, in terms of story-line. Although the movie is intriguing but at times the viewer gets distracted from it. Overall, Vavien is good and presents you with a different point of view of Turkish Cinema.

My Verdict of Vavien:

Vavien is tough to digest with its unique story-telling. But, Vavien goes down well as a movie that is different from the league of contemporary Turkish cinema. It is a good to watch flick if you love World Cinema. I personally enjoyed it moderately, but loved the message given in this film.

Aşk Geliyorum Demez – Movie Review

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Movie: Aşk Geliyorum Demez

Year: 2009

Country of Origin: Turkey

Language: Turkish

Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama

Rating: 5.2/10 (IMDB)

My Review of Aşk Geliyorum Demez:

The movie takes place in the busy part of Istanbul i.e. Mahmutpasa and portrays the cosmopolitan culture and society of Istanbul. The character of Uncle Miran (Altan Erkekli) is an Armenian Christian and there is also a Kurd character. Despite of their racial and cultural differences all the shop owners and workers live a happy life together helping each other whenever the need arises. The music touches the heart and lyrics of all songs are very good. The character of Ali (Tolgahan Sayisman) in most part of the film is funny and careless but after the death of uncle Miran he becomes a man of truth and decides to tell the truth about himself to Gozde (Berguzar Korel). The screenplay and camera work is good. The story is too simple and easy to understand. Although it can also be said there is not so much story at all in the movie but still you like it as it never feels boring throughout the movie. The movie also doesn’t feature any unnecessary “sex or steamy scenes” that are very common in Turkish cinema. It is a plain Love Story. In the end it can be said its worth watching. For me the music was the main element of the film. The filming locations are also good where you can feel the excitement of Istanbul. All the characters have acted well, but it can be said that there are some unnecessary characters in the movie. Anyways, in a comedy lot’s of characters are very usual in any cinema.

My favorite Characters of Aşk Geliyorum Demez:

Tolgahan Sayisman as Ali: He has played his role with perfection a little funny, idiotic, but always engaging.

Berguzar Korel as Gozde: She has spread the charm of her beauty on-screen as she often off-screen. In most part of the movie she is serious and happy girl looking to get “true love” in her life.

My Rating of Aşk Geliyorum Demez:

I have rated this movie 9/10 as I found the story ordinary, but still good enough to behold you. The Music is the best element of the movie and reaches your heart. The shooting locations are beautiful and captivating and makes you feel good watching this movie.

My Verdict of Aşk Geliyorum Demez:

If you are looking to watch some lighthearted comedy themed love story then this will appeal you. Something ordinary but “engaging”…..The songs are beautiful and I am sure you will fall in love with them.