Mutluluk (Bliss)
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Three people meet under unlikely circumstances and change each other's lives in this Turkish drama from director Abdullah Oguz. When an unmarried teenage girl is believed by her family to have given up her virginity, she is ordered to be killed out of shame. But before her relative is able to complete the task, the two encounter a college professor in the midst of an existential crisis. With each of their futures held in the balance, the trio embarks on a journey together. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"his is just unabashed melodrama, complete with mustachioed villain and wicked stepmother and wronged heroine and rescuing hero, all tied up in a love story sweet enough to make Hollywood blush."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Sadly, the story leans toward the melodramatic and the conflict is too conveniently resolved."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"A powerful tale of two young people relying on the kindness of a disenchanted professor to escape the vendetta of a backward Turkish village. Based on a novel by one of Turkey's greatest progressive minds."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"When modernity meets the Middle Ages, something's gotta give!"
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"The director knows how to exploit beautiful scenery, but he fails at the most basic task of a filmmaker, which is to communicate emotion."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"While the story is a dark and difficult one, the players in this morality tale are bathed in light and lost within breathtaking landscapes thanks to director of photography Mirsad Herovic."
‑ Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"However streamlined, this consistently gripping, visually intoxicating film stands as a landmark of contemporary Turkish cinema."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"A powerful and absorbing drama, built upon strong production values and heartbreakingly authentic performances."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"Unlike Nuri Bilge Ceylan ("Three Monkeys"), who evokes an existential element in his fascinating approach to cinema, fellow Turkish filmmaker Abdullah Oguz takes a hackneyed approach to his subject..."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Lovely, swirling cinematography and the novelist's own emotive score help gloss over stereotypes and some clunky melodrama. Realistic touches overall make it satisfying."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel, Film-Forward.com
"Director Abdullah Oguz gives us lots of nice scenery, but the simplistic story and characters strain credibility. What's more, the climactic plot turn is as hokey as it gets."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"The movie could use more genuinely thorny moments, like when a bikini-clad student visits the prof and his flustered fugitives. Instead, Bliss gets a cheapening thriller climax that presses the cruel family patriarch into villain duty."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, Time Out New York
"An engrossing, tender and compelling drama boasting exquisite cinematography and a radiant performance by the beautiful Ozgu Namal."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"A mesmerizing Turkish film about the mysteries of human nature."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Blessed with strong performances by Ozgu Namal and Murat Han."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
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