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The Small Town(Kasaba)

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Turkey · 1997
1h 25m
Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Starring Mehmet Emin Toprak, Havva Saglam, Cihat Bütün, Fatma Ceylan
Genre Drama

In this film, a brother and sister observe their family, and what they witness teaches them important lessons about life and nature. An exploration of family life in the rural countryside of Turkey told from the perspectives of two children — and increasing in complexity as one of them grows into an adult.

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Time Out by

Moral inquiry, wry comedy and sheer cinematic poetry make for a film whose modest form conceals a sharp mind and a wonderfully generous heart.


Chicago Sun-Times by Bill Stamets

Poetic Turkish tale. Nuri Bilge Ceylan shot this entrancing black-and-white story in his hometown, from a story written by his sister and with a cast of friends and relatives. [20 Oct 1998, p.37]


Variety by Deborah Young

A remarkable first feature from director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, The Town is a strikingly original, vibrantly sensitive look at an extended family living in a remote Turkish village.


Los Angeles Times by Kevin Thomas

Such is the intensity of Ceylan's vision that a perfectly natural, even casual, course of events, which is what the film consists of, makes Kasaba utterly compelling. [30 Sep 2004, p.E13]

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