Yol (The Way)
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The notoriously brutal Turkish prison system undergoes a rare moment of compassion in Yol. Five convicts are given a week's leave from jail so that they may visit their friends, families and lovers. Sadly, each of the men is confronted with tragedy, disillusionment or both upon arriving home. Writer Yilmaz Guney knew whereof he spoke: he spent much of his adult life in prison for various political activities. Using the limited-leave device as a launching pad, Guney uses Yol to savagely skewer many of Turkey's antiquated sociopolitical attitudes, notably the subjugation of women. Forced… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Güney is a firebrand of his country's intellectual left. His films -- slow, ruminative, defiantly indigenous -- smolder with an ideologue's indignation and a poet's ironic compassion."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"Each time a sequence approaches cinematic life, it's flattened by the appearance of a thesis."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Güney's sympathy for his protagonists is what makes it bearable to watch."
‑ , Film4
"The film's poetry, its combination of sound and image especially, has an unconscious innocence no longer available to most European and American narratives."
‑ Chris Petit, Time Out
"A visually intense examination of Turkish mores and customs."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A film whose political and ethnic concerns are likely to be equated -- wrongly -- with cinematic achievement."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Anger and sadness lie at the heart of this treatise on the perpetuation of the patriarchal prejudices underpinning Turkish society."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
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