Mutluluk

Mutluluk

Streaming Video - 2009 | Turkish
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Based on the acclaimed novel by Zulfu Livaneli and set amidst Turkey's natural wonders, Bliss is a riveting tale about love, honor, freedom and redemption. When a 17-year-old girl, Meryem, is found unconscious and disheveled by the side of a lake, her family believes the worst ? that her chastity has been lost. To uphold the family honor they turn to an ancient moral code that condemns Meryem to death. A distant cousin, Cemal, is ordered to carry out the task. Instead, Meryem and Cemal embark on a surprising journey across traditional and modern-day Turkey in this unforgettable film.

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AQUILEA777
Nov 16, 2016

Turkish father must kill his raped daughter to uphold the family honor, but delegates the duty to another. Will the family honor be vindicated? or will the girl, clearly guilty of being raped, escape justice? (A 2007 Turkish production.)

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miaone
Sep 11, 2014

It's a good movie, and well worth watching, even though the plot, the ending, and the behavior of the men are mostly predictable. However, Merriem's character is complex and multilayered as she struggles with the burdens, defeats, and successes of women in an Islamic society.
The movie shows the vast divide between educated and non-educated Turks, as is true in many cultures. You realize all over again that the only hope for women and girls the world over is education, both for themselves and for the men in their lives.
P.S. This movie is especially relevant right now, given the vicious fighting right next to the Turkish border with Syria, and the despicable treatment of girls and women by fundamentalist Muslims.

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goofy
Dec 22, 2013

I liked using Hoopla to view this movie. I found the landscape of this film intriguing. I do question the ending, but overall it was well acted.

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Daylight62
Feb 15, 2013

Really enjoyed this movie. Compelling storyline and impressive acting. When the story and acting is this well done, I don't mind having to read the English sub-titles.

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matcat44
Jun 22, 2012

I was not sure at first if I wanted to watch this but I did and am very glad I did. The story unfolded very well, the scenery was magnificent and the acting superb. Well worth watching.

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Michael
Apr 19, 2012

Just because this is a 'non-western culture' film, as another reader pointed out - it doesn't mean that we shouldn't apply the same criteria to it - that we'd critique other North American films by... And by those standards - this film is at best, average, and at worst sophomoric in its style, pace, and editing... and that includes its mediocre script. There's some nice cinematography - but that has to do more with the actual scenic topography being shown, than any nuanced camera effect. I did, however, like the deliberate moral dilemma served by the story-line, in stripping bare the cruel hypocrisy found in this country's "ancient moral code". It made the 'eye-for-an-eye justice' meted out in the end, all the more satisfying.

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booklover717
Apr 04, 2012

Loved this movie!! Highly recommended.

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Blogo
Dec 19, 2011

The story is quite gripping and takes several unexpected twists and turns. More than once, I was kept at the edge of my seat. Unlike one of the other reviewers, I would not describe the ending as grim at all - the oppressed do find justice (though not in the Hollywoodian sense). Anybody with even a slight interest in non-western cultures should absolutely watch this movie.

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JohnFDavidson
Nov 06, 2010

This is the second Turkish movie I have watched and the other was good, but I didn't pay as much attention. There is a compelling story very well told. Reading about the details I came to appreciate there is stunning cinematography especially at the very beginning and then later of stunning scenery and to advance the story. I was also struck by the music and was surprised to learn that it was by the original novelist who apparently turned down the offer to do the script or be the director. The characters are all believeable. Underlying is cultural conflict. The ending is unexpected and seems to resolve a loose end that the viewer might have overlooked.

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