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25-year-old Sibel lives with her father and sister in a secluded village in the mountains of Turkey's Black Sea region. Sibel is a mute, but she communicates by using the ancestral whistled... See full summary
25-year-old Sibel lives with her father and sister in a secluded village in the mountains of Turkey's Black Sea region. Sibel is a mute, but she communicates by using the ancestral whistled language of the area. Rejected by her fellow villagers, she relentlessly hunts down a wolf that is said to be prowling in the neighbouring forest, sparking off fears and fantasies among the village women. There she crosses path with a fugitive. Injured, threatening and vulnerable, he is the first one to take a fresh look at her.

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The film premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival in August of 2018.

French visa # 145556.

German visa # 184784 delivered on 23-11-2018.

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    • Author: Acebiolane
    This film reminded me of Mustang, another award-winning movie about the oppression of women and other evils of the Turkish countryside. Although the facts regarding this issue is true, cinematic representation of these facts requires literal artistry and Sibel is a total failure in this case.

    Technical details aside (dialogues are badly written, acting of the amateurs are slightly better than terrible, while some villagers have strong rural accent, some others speak perfect Istanbul Turkish etc.), the movie has serious flaws from the beginning to the end. The movie aims to depict the condition of women in Turkish countryside, and problematizes the social mechanisms within. However, these social mechanisms are mainly women-borne, so as to say that "a woman is a wolf to other women."

    This is the exact point this movie totally fails. Their "goal" for shooting this movie appears to be singling out their "fellows" in these rural communities (those who have potential to be bourgeois, though stuck in the countryside) and motivate them to fight back. Against whom? Against the oppressive women around them, instead of building a feminist consciousness and solidarity altogether.

    Apparently this is all because the directors' strong bourgeois codes do not let them get into (and grasp the essence of) the real rural life, so they had no chance but to represent what they already had on their minds about it.
  • comment
    • Author: FLIDER
    In a rural Turkish environment, the film describes for a few days a young mute woman (Sibel) who is rejected by an inhospitable and rough village community, and confronted with customs of another time.
  • Credited cast:
    Damla Sönmez Damla Sönmez - Sibel
    Erkan Kolçak Köstendil Erkan Kolçak Köstendil - Ali
    Emin Gürsoy Emin Gürsoy - Emin
    Elit Iscan Elit Iscan - Fatma
    Meral Çetinkaya Meral Çetinkaya - Narin
    Gulcin Kultur Sahin Gulcin Kultur Sahin - Feride (as Gülçin Kültür)
    Sevval Tezcan Sevval Tezcan - Çiçek
    Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
    Kazim Yilmaz Kazim Yilmaz - Asher / Second military
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