The White Angel (2007 film)

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The White Angel
Beyaz melek.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed byMahsun Kırmızıgül
Produced byMurat Tokat
A. Levent Üngör
Written byMahsun Kırmızıgül
StarringMahsun Kırmızıgül
Arif Erkin Güzelbeyoğlu
Yıldız Kenter
Erol Günaydın
Sarp Apak
Lale Belkıs
Gazanfer Özcan
CinematographyEyüp Boz
Distributed byBoyut Film
Release date
16 November 2007
Running time
115 min.
CountryTurkey
LanguageTurkish
Budget$3,000,000
Box office$9,759,677

The White Angel (Turkish: Beyaz Melek) is a 2007 Turkish drama film, written and directed by Mahsun Kırmızıgül, which follows the story of two Eastern youths who find themselves in a rest home after their father comes down with cancer. The film, which went on general release across Turkey on November 16, 2007 (2007-11-16), won the Remi Award at the 41st WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival and was the second highest-grossing Turkish film of 2007.

Plot[edit]

Ali and Reşat bring their father Ahmet who is suffering from brain cancer for chemotherapy treatment in Istanbul. Unable to bear the treatment and thinking himself to be a burden, Ahmet runs away from the hospital and manages to reach a home for elders. The residents believe him to be abandoned by his children and take him in. Ali and Reşat find him but decide to let him stay when they see that he is happy there. They learn the stories and backgrounds of each of the elders. Two of them, Yaşar and Nebahat have fallen in love and plan to get married. Ahmet arrangers for a big wedding and invites them to his home village in Diyarbakır for their honeymoon together with all the other elders.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Reviews[edit]

Today's Zaman reviewer M. Nedim Hazar states that the film contains, the East-West contradiction and a comparison of values. It brings the dominating force of the West -- the mind -- and that of the East -- the heart - face to face, but doesn't take a folkloric approach to the East-West comparison as in Yılmaz Erdoğan's movies. Apart from this, it still falls into the marshland of exaggerated caricature-ization which seems to have "worked into the veins" of the celebrities who star in the film. Moviegoers might be fond of this, but it is still an important setback for a movie. He concludes it is a film, that will shock -- in a positive sense -- those whose expectations for the film are very low because of Kırmızıgül. It's also a movie that is very "presentable," whose language and message is very clear. In addition, it contains as much laughter and tears as any Yeşilçam movie does. It should be watched and applauded as a first film of a first-time director..[1]

Awards[edit]

  • 41st WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival (Huston): Remi Award.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hazar, M. Nedim (2007-11-17). "Kırmızıgül's 'White Angel' deserves to be watched and applauded". Today's Zaman. Retrieved 2010-10-25.
  2. ^ "'Angel' returns home with award from US". Today's Zaman. 2008-04-22. Retrieved 2010-10-25.

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Awards
Preceded by
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Turkcell First Film Award
2008
Succeeded by
Autumn