Times and Winds (Bes vakit)
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Times and Winds (Bes vakit)
Islamic faith holds that prayer uttered five times every day brings man face to face with his five "phases," or states of mind resulting from the tension of workaday life: fear and desire, love and grudge, faith and pain, screams and sobbing and passion and hate. Since every encounter in Islamic life is said to create new pain--whether that of growing up, growing old or merely getting by--then prayer is the panacea for the inevitable tragedy that is life. In Turkish director Reha Erdem's sumptuously composed fourth feature, childhood life in a rural village on a mountain… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a work of singular beauty."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Though modestly plotted and deliberately paced, Times and Winds is a hypnotic look at life in a remote village on Turkey's northwest coast."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"As Arvo Pärt's orchestration runs ponderously through the film, so the consequences of cyclical violence weigh heavily on Erdem's mind. But his vision is not without hope."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Filmwell
"Too surreal and symbolic to fully connect with mainstream cinema audiences, but lovers of challenging festival films will be captivated"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"We've seen this kind of picturesque rural drama before, but director Reha Erdem still hews a rich poetry from the material. The story's elegantly structured around the five daily calls-to-prayer given from a parapet with stunning views."
‑ Sam Wigley, Total Film
"Erdem's script and his young cast do a fine job of recalling the years between carefree childhood (embodied by Omer's brother, the precocious and adorable Ali) and adult power and duties."
‑ Maureen M. Hart, Chicago Tribune
"Subtly unsettling yet fascinating."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"An earthy, cruelly honest dream-wander through the physical and emotional awakenings of three young teenagers whose lives are shaped and constrained by the rural rhythms of their remote mountain village."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Though painfully slow to ignite and poetically portentous on occasions, Reha Erdem's film about three children growing up in a remote Anatolian village, isolated by high mountains, has an impressive edge to it."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Difficult, frustrating, but engrossing and ultimately enriching, make time to see it."
‑ Rob Daniel, Sky Movies
"Buried in leaves or hugging the rocks, they could be in ecstatic communion or fusing with the natural world. More likely, Erdem's marvellous film sees them as bridging the divide between heaven and earth."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"A blunt look at how anger binds generations."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"in a film both as banal, and as miraculous, as the endlessly repeating metamorphoses that it portrays, time does not so much heal old wounds as reopen them in new bodies - and the result is a vision that sets human progress against eternal return."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"The film is concerned with observing the passage of time, the change in the light, the immemorial contours of the landscape, and, in one shot, a very touching pieta of a boy and his new baby sibling. Compelling stuff if you can stay with it."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"But it's Erdem's unsentimental compassion towards his characters, his fidelity to the rhythms of their lives and the arcs of their imaginations, that gives this film its wondrous power and depth."
‑ Sukhdev Sandhu, Daily Telegraph
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