My Only Sunshine (2008)

Hayat var
Feature Film | Drama | Turkey/Bulgaria/Greece | Turkish | 2h1m
Dir: Reha Erdem | Scr: Reha Erdem | Ph: Florent Herry | Prod: Ömer Atay | Ed: Reha Erdem | AD: Ömer Atay | Snd: Reha Erdem | Cast: Önder K. Açikbas, Erdal Besikçioglu, Banu Fotocan, Elit Iscan, Levent Yilmaz, Handan Karaadam, Halim Ercan, Erhan Tekin, Metin Yildirim

Erdem’s sensuous film paints a tender portrait of Hayat, a 14-year-old girl who lives in a rundown shack on the banks of a tributary of the Bosphorus with her dodgy-dealing father and bed-ridden grandfather. With her father always “working” and her mother away living with her new family, the young girl finds that she must fight her way through puberty alone and any way that she can. Sumptuous photography, luxurious pacing, masterful sound design, and a tremendously brave central performance combine to oft sublime effect.