2018 [TURKISH]

Action / Drama / Thriller

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 75%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 100%
IMDb Rating 6.9 10 2231


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Damla Sönmez as Sibel
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Turkish 2.0
24 fps
1 hr 35 min
P/S 1 / 13
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Turkish 2.0
24 fps
1 hr 35 min
P/S 1 / 14

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Raven-1969 9 / 10

Enthralling story of female empowerment

From the heart of the forest in ancient times a farseeing and intrepid woman returns with a magical fire that draws the other women of the community. The bad spells that are cast over them are broken and together the women shine. There is no telling when this mysterious woman might appear.

Because she is mute Sibel is considered bad luck and is bullied by the other women in the village including her little sister. Sibel's pariah status is partially a blessing in that it grants her an unusual independence. In her spare time she roams the forest with a rifle looking for a wolf to kill. A dead wolf would improve her status with the other women and so the hunt consumes her. Sibel communicates by whistling, an ancient language understood by many in the community including her single father, sister, and an elderly recluse she befriends. When Sibel stumbles upon an injured fugitive in the forest she risks her safety, independence, and family honor by helping him, yet she is too lonely to let him go.

This enthralling story of female empowerment unfolds in Turkey's resplendent mountain forests of ancient spruce, mist, and patches of sunlight. The story loosely parallels that of the Scarlet Letter where a shunned woman becomes a positive source of wisdom and inspiration for other women in the village. There are many touching scenes such as when a hopeful Sibel shows up at a dance in a sparkly, flowery dress handmade by her reclusive friend, and she is shamed by her little sister. This powerful and encouraging story of feminine prowess is needed in all places, even in America, where women shun enlightenment and education in favor of pleasing men who treat them with disdain. The film is not a showcase of acting skills or cinematography, but it is believable and heartening.

Reviewed by lexva5 9 / 10

Breaking the Stigma

From the moment Sibel (Damla Sönmez)makes her appearance on screen, she captivates us through her beautiful expressive eyes and launches us into here world. She is a mute communicating only through whistling, ostracized by her fellow women tea plantation workers (and even her younger sister) for she is considered a bad omen - whether for someone getting pregnant or getting engaged. Only a half mad woman Nairn, who she visits occasionally seem to accept her. Sibel tries to break this vicious stigma and tries to gain acceptance by her community by killing a wolf which apparently is foraging the mountains and the whereabouts. She is armed with a rifle which her father has given her and she sets traps for the wolf. Despite her efforts the wolf never appears, but she manages to capture an army deserter (and hence a traitor to the locals) through one of her traps. Eventually this cascades to a tragic/dramatic turn of events where her relationship with her family and the villagers is tested and turned on its head. I found this film to be a powerful film, that is visually breathtaking at times, cruel, intense and captivating in its core issues. What happens when a foreigner is trying to raise an awareness which we cannot even comprehend because of our closed outlook, superstitions, religion maybe, culture etc? A dramatic turn of events, help Sibel (who in reality is somewhat free because of her handicap. She goes around without wearing a scarf and with a rifle like a man) to break the Silence that her stigma put her in, becoming a person in her own right. No longer a slave to her culture or community/familial ties, when several truths sink in, she is willing to pay the price to become her own person and obtain true freedom. This film almost deserves a second watching

Reviewed by gailspilsbury 8 / 10

Part Fairy Tale, Part Today

Filmed in Turkey's beautiful, fresh-air mountains high above the Black Sea, the film Sibel uses the whistled language of Kusköy, also known as "Village of the Birds." The protagonist Sibel (Damla Sönmez) is a mute young woman and the elder daughter of the town's leader Emin (Emin Gürsoy). She communicates with family and community through the ancient whistling language of the region. Even though everyone else in the village also whistles this language (it's especially useful when working in the tea fields), they treat Sibel as an outcast because of her muteness that renders her unmarriageable. Her peers, including her younger sister Fatma (Elit Iscan), ridicule her and refuse to allow her to participate in their schoolmate Çiçek's engagement celebration. Besides capturing Kusköy's breathtaking scenery and cultural history, Sibel tells both a fairy tale and a contemporary story. Sibel, a veritable "Diana of the woods," hunts a never-seen wolf that plagues the village, apparently for generations. Sibel looks and acts like the mythical heroes who pursue evil dragons. During her forest forages, her eyes are wild and her ears fine-tuned for prey. Sometimes she checks in on old and crazy Narin, who lives in a mountain hut. During each visit, Narin laments the loss of her sweetheart, Fuat, who disappeared in youth "but is sure to be back soon." Narin represents Sibel's fate as an unmarriageable pariah. Sibel collects bones, believing they belong to the wolf. She hopes that one day she can prove the wolf is dead by presenting its complete skeleton to the villagers, thereby gaining their respect. We later learn that the bones are probably Fuat's, and that he was killed in front of Narin for having an illicit relationship with her. This information explains her insanity. One day, Sibel's deep pit to trap the wolf captures a handsome young fugitive. His name is Ali (Erkan Kolçak Köstendil) and he's badly wounded. Sibel drags him to her hunting shack, and in the days that follow she heals his wounds with medicinal plants. Ultimately, they form a close relationship. In the movie's "contemporary story," the government and media frame Ali as a terrorist on the loose, but in reality, as he whistles to Sibel, he's a conscientious objector being hunted down by the authorities. Eventually the pair is discovered, and Ali vanishes to a fate we never learn. The contemporary side of the movie also involves village traditions, in particular the ones that relate to women being ruled by men. Because of Sibel's unauthorized relationship with Ali in the mountain hideout, her sister Fatma's engagement is called off. The groom-to-be's family refuses to be associated with such disgrace. Sibel then demonstrates her courage by walking through the village with her sister. Her head is held high and her huntress eyes are defiant. She sees Çiçek standing in the tea fields watching the despised sisters pass by. Their eyes meet in a moment of woman-to-woman recognition. Çiçek, now the wife of a man she never chose, makes a movement with her mouth that sends a message of approval and envy to Sibel: It's better to be independent and a pariah than an enslaved woman. Some years ago, Sibel's directors visited Kusköy, and their fascination for the local whistling language led to creating the movie. This "bird language" uses Turkish syllables expressed as piercing tones. The directors' sought out Damla Sönmez for Sibel's role, and inspired by the story, the actress devoted herself to learning the whistling language. She spent time with the villagers and later with a trainer. What she whistles in the film is exactly what the subtitles say. Her vivid performance fulfills perfectly Sibel's folkloric persona. As contemporary story, the film captures a place in the world that's caught between an obsolete and unjust social order and the more advanced democracies of today, however flawed.

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