Contemporary World Cinema | 2018 | 117 minutes
SIFF Says:Adult siblings Cemal, Kenan, and Suzan haven’t stayed in touch. But when their father issues a mysterious summons, the three reunite for a road trip that will take them back to their home village, into the origins of their estrangement, and toward a possible reconciliation. Cemal is an astronaut long settled in Germany; Kenan, a hapless actor reduced to dubbing cat videos; and Suzan, a teacher ready to leave her self-centered husband. It is Cemal who seeks out his younger siblings and, overcoming their resistance, convinces them to make the journey. Aided by booze and music from their youth, they get to know one another again, reviving old arguments, but also the pleasures of a shared past. Although none of them have seen their father in 30 years, it is their reconnection with each other that is at the heart of the film. Winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, this affecting and infinitely relatable story of family dysfunction is enhanced by the absurdist humor that director Tolga Karaçelic finds both in their familial dynamic and in the world that surrounds them.
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