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Bal (2011)

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Yusuf is an only child who lives with his parents in an isolated mountain area. For the young boy, the surrounding forest becomes a place of mystery and adventure when accompanying his father on the job. Yusuf watches in admiration as his father works sometimes higher than the eye can clearly see. His father Yakup is a beekeeper who hangs his specially made hives at the top of the tallest trees. With the skill of a tightrope acrobat, he must often suspend dangerously from the uppermost branches to gather honey. Yusuf and Yakup have a very strong bond. Yusuf is excited to share a dream with his father. Instructed by Yakup, the young boy whispers it and no one else can ever know the secret that father and son now share. Yusuf's stutter shames him in front of his classmates during an oral reading assignment. Being an outsider makes this year of elementary school even more difficult. Yusuf desperately longs for the teacher's congratulatory badge awarded for successfully reading out loud. He frets that he'll be the only pupil left empty-handed. Yusuf's anxieties escalate when his father must travel to a faraway forest on a risky mission. With his family's livelihood endangered by the progressive disappearance of bees, Yakup has no choice but to hang his hives in a remote and treacherous mountainous area. His father gone, Yusuf slips into silence to the distress of his pretty young mother Zehra. She decides to send Yusuf to his grandmother's to spend the Holy Night of Miraj. Hearing the story of the Ascension of the Prophet inspires Yusuf to believe that his father will be returning soon. But not even a day at the colorful fog festival on Sis Mountain can fully cheer up the worried young Yusuf. Days pass and Yakup still does not return. Yusuf sees his mother becoming sadder everyday. Yusuf summons all of his courage and runs deep into the forest to search for his father. A journey into the unknown...


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76% - Certified Fresh
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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: March 25th, 2011 (Limited) by Olive Films
Running Time: 103 minutes
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Keywords: Foreign Language, Writing and Writers, Coming of Age
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Kaplan Film Production, Heimat Film
Production Countries: Germany,


Erdal Besikcioglu    Yakup
Tulin Ozen    Yusuf's Mother

Production and Technical Credits

Producer    Semih Kaplanoglu
Screenwriter    Semih Kaplanoglu
Screenwriter    Orcun Koksal
Cinematographer    Baris Ozbicer
Production Designer    Naz Erayda
Editor    Ayhan Ergursel
Editor    Semih Kaplanoglu
Editor    Suzan Hande Güneri

Will We Hear a Peep from Limited Releases?

March 25th, 2011

There are plenty of limited releases to talk about this week, including a few that were earning better than average buzz either due to their cast or their directors, or both. However, in a couple of cases, the buzz did not translate into strong reviews, so either these releases will have to overcome their poor reviews, or we will need one of the lesser known limited releases to have breakout success. More...

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