It is not unusual for the abandonment of children to be a major theme in foreign film. Children in foreign film endure a lot of hardships, including abuse and neglect. And in this Turkish heart-felt film, two young children, 9-year old Ahmet and his younger sister Ayse, are abandoned by a father who has a new family. Their mother is dead and they are forced to live with an ailing aging grandfather. Surprisingly, their father runs into them in the village and he is not a young man either. They survive through no other way than to become strong and independent themselves. Ahmet becomes more than an older brother, he is guardian, mother, father, and friend.
Even though the story is based on a real life account, and is tender, sweet and heartfelt, it is very very slow and certainly not for those who expect more from the characters and storyline. What the viewer engages in is a lot of nothing. Sure, we see how loving and sweet a brother relationship can become when hardships strike, but there just isn't enough in the storyline to get this film moving at a somewhat faster pace.
We do get a very full sense and feel of the dynamics the brother and sister relationship is, how sweet the boy cares for his sister as a mother and father would. We learn how their grandfather loves them, but cannot care for them. We understand how despicable a father can be to abandon his children, and yet run into them in the village. But, these scenes are simple, straightforward and can be painfully slow, as you wait for something to happen. And we sympathize with Ahmet and Ayse when they may be forced to leave their village, where they visit the grave of their mother.
Overall, the film is sweet, endearing, but many will find it too slow, with not much happening.....Rizzo