From Turkey/France (2015) comes another very warmly regarded World Cinema showing.
“They are woman: hear them roar.” The story is set in a remote Turkish village where five orphaned sisters face growing up as girls in a village-society with narrow streets and some very narrow views. We are confronted with the kinds of challenges they have to contend with. The event that triggers the family’s enormous restrictive backlash to their innocent play is nothing more than a neighbour’s labelling of what they see as nothing but innocent play as NOT innocent fun.
“They are women: hear them roar.”
The story is set in a remote Turkish village where five orphaned sisters can expect to be growing up as girls in a society with some very narrow views. We are given insight into the kinds of challenges they have to contend with.
The event that triggers the family’s enormous restrictive backlash to their innocent play is nothing more than a neighbour’s labelling of their play as NOT innocent fun.
Good big screen – ace sound – much appreciated bar (and bar staff).
… They say that food tastes better when prepared with love. This certainly proves to be the case with Sentaro’s dorayaki pancakes with sweet bean filling, once the elderly Tokue is let loose with her magic recipe!
… Sentaro is the rather glum manager of a small café selling the dorayaki in question. He simply goes through the motions, a bit ill at ease with life. When he advertises for an assistant and Tokue applies, he is reluctant to take her on because of her age.
… But Tokue is nothing if not persistent, and when she does introduce her own special sweet bean paste, sales soar and Sentaro learns how to smile! However, despite Tokue’s apparent serenity, she harbours a tragic secret which threatens to undo her good work. A charming and uplifting tale sensitively told.
“The movie, beautifully shot and acted, earns its ultimate sense of hope by confronting real heartbreak head-on, and with compassion.” Glenn Kenny, New York Times