Yol (The Way)
Yol (The Way) (1982)

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… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: May 1, 1982
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Each time a sequence approaches cinematic life, it's flattened by the appearance of a thesis.

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Güney's sympathy for his protagonists is what makes it bearable to watch.

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Chris Petit
Time Out

The film's poetry, its combination of sound and image especially, has an unconscious innocence no longer available to most European and American narratives.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

A visually intense examination of Turkish mores and customs.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

A film whose political and ethnic concerns are likely to be equated -- wrongly -- with cinematic achievement.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

Anger and sadness lie at the heart of this treatise on the perpetuation of the patriarchal prejudices underpinning Turkish society.

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