Kanalizasyon (2009)

How far can the quality of Television fail? What is it that we watch religiously everyday ? Is it really the media’s fault? Are we blaming the right people , or is it us?  What is the definition of entertainment? Maybe we are exposed to so much information everyday, when we finally go home all we need is some bullshit to empty our minds… Kanalizasyon is one of those movies where you laugh too hard, and think too hard.

The life of a window cleaner changes once he gets a life changing job offer. He loves watching television and now he just needs to come up with show ideas for a tv channel. He comes up with the most ridiculous ideas which look stupid but in fact extremely close to today’s reality. Okan Bayulgen, the lead , is a famous actor, hosting a different show everyday. He basically owns our T.V. experience. This is the movie where he harshly cricitizes the concept that makes him rich.

Korkuyorum Anne / What’s a Human Anyway? (2004)

Movies like these make me so hopeful towards the resurrecting Turkish film scene. Turkish vision is not beaten wives, extreme family dramas, wars and mafias, like most films represent. It is a more ironic version. Life in Turkey is what Korkuyorum Anne pictures sometimes: small neighborhoods where people struggle through life by holding on to each other. They have dramas problems, but they adapt to each other somehow. There is tragedy but people are damn funny.Maybe this is life in general…

I will definetely start following the Turkish director Reha Erdem after this movie. The characters are so developed and real, the feelings are emphasized harmonically bringing out colors of life. For me Reha Erdem’s style reminded me of Jean- Pierre Jeunet  (Amelie , Micmacs, The city of lost children) in this sense. Korkuyorum Anne is highly entertaining and smiley. Truly an original picture.