Biri Vo Digerleri (1988)

Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Turkey   |  
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Taking place more or less in "real" time in a Turkish bar, this heavily symbol-laden film chronicles the goings-on in the nightspot. There are lots of regulars who move about freely; an elderly couple is hanging out there as well as a much younger couple, some gangsterish folks, and so on. However, the main focus is on the romantic yearnings of a young man who wants more than anything to bed down with a well-padded blonde. Instead, he chit-chats with a pretty but less-strikingly endowed woman who is as lonely as he is. Their conversation grows more stilted as the time for them to part approaches, at which point he names himself "Peace" and she names herself "Hope." For reasons not readily understood by foreigners, this film won top honors at the 1987 Istanbul Film Festival.