Commitment Review

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Commitment Review
Commitment Review

Commitment Review: In a windy yet rich area of Turkey, Hasan’s everyday life is complicated by the hardships of farming the land that he inherited from his father (Umut Karadag). The challenges he faces are met with a mix of cynicism and shrewdness, attributes that are echoed in his smart wife Emine (Filiz Bozok).

However, when Hasan and his wife are approved for Hajj, the impending journey to Mecca compels Hasan to reexamine his own morality and to face the consequences of his decisions on people who are close to him and to him personally. Semih Kaplanoglu’s newest film is a slow-burner with a lot of cumulative impacts. It mixes an encompassing feeling of location with a pleasingly nuanced depiction of a flawed guy.

Commitment Review
Commitment Review
Commitment Review

There are three films in Kaplanoglu’s ‘Commitment Trilogy,’ the first of which, Commitment Asli, was the official entry for Best International Feature Film at the Academy Awards in 2019. This is the second installment in the trilogy. Honey, the concluding picture of his previous trilogy, the ‘Yusuf Trilogy,’ was awarded the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2010.

The film was filmed in 6K, which, despite the fact that it is the first of Kaplanoglu’s films to be shot on digital rather than film, gives the picture a startling depth and richness in terms of style. The film benefits from being watched on a large screen, and as a result, it should be a welcome addition to the programs of other festivals and, eventually, specialty streams.

Hasan is a tall guy with a little stoop and a perpetual look of tortured sorrow on his face. He bears the load of cultivating his small plot of land while keeping his problems to himself. His sharp-eyed wife, on the other hand, is well aware of the majority of his secrets, as well as many more.

It is she who is tuned in to the gossip of the town, and it is she who alerts her husband to the fact that the bank is ready to foreclose on a loan to a neighbor. Despite the fact that it seems to be a cynical chance to benefit from another’s misery, Hasan maintains that he is doing the neighbour a favour by purchasing his property at a bargain price. However, the nightmares he has about the earth turning against him hint that he is mistaken about this fact.

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