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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

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The story of a family living in a small godforsaken town in Turkey seen through the eyes of children and dealing with the growing complexity when one becomes 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.
88

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]
90

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.
90

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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