Times and Winds (Bes vakit)
Times and Winds (Bes vakit) (2007)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 10, 2007
DVD Release Date: July 15, 2008
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Lilting and meditative, Reha Erdem's story of three adolescents in rural Turkey captivates with intimate details and long takes of the endless countryside.

Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

It's a work of singular beauty.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

Though modestly plotted and deliberately paced, Times and Winds is a hypnotic look at life in a remote village on Turkey's northwest coast.

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Jeffrey Overstreet

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.

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Maureen M. Hart
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

Subtly unsettling yet fascinating.

MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

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.

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

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.

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

A blunt look at how anger binds generations.

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Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

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.

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