|DRY SUMMER (SUSUZ YAZ) (aka: WATERLESS SUMMER) (director/writer: Metan Erksman; screenwriters: story by Necati Cumali/Ismet Saydan/Kemal Inci; cinematographer: Ali Ugur; editors: Stuart Gellman/Turgut Inangiray; music: Manos Hatzidakis/Yamaci; cast: Erol Tas (Osman), Ulvi Dogan (Hasan), Hülya Koçyigit (Bahar), Hakki Haktan (Sari Veli); Runtime: 84; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Ulvi Dogan; Criterion; 1963-Turket-in Turkish with English subtitles)|
black-and-white shot drama has no surprises."
by Dennis Schwartz
filmmaker Metan Erksman ("I Cannot Live
Without You") is the writer-director of this parable
about opposite brothers. It's almost like the OT story
of Cain and Abel. The story is by Necati
Cumali. The co-writers with Erksman
are Ismet Saydan and Kemal
Inci. The black-and-white shot drama
has no surprises. Although passionately told, the
performances were wooden and the story never captured
Warning: spoiler alert.
brothers, the older widow Osman (Erol Tas)
and the younger recently married Hasan (Ulvi
Dogan), share ownership of a tobacco farm
in rural Turkey. The brutish, conniving and selfish
Osman decides to put up a dam and stop his neighbors
from receiving the water that comes from a spring on
his land. Hasan says its wrong to deny the water and
it will result in things getting nasty. The rival
farmers argue over the water rights, until Osman's
lawyer convinces the judge to rule in his favor. Hasan
disagrees with Osman, but he obeys his older brother.
When one of the farmer's (Hakki Haktan)
dynamites the dam at night, Osman kills him
with his rifle. The vile Osman then talks Hasan into
taking the blame, claiming he will receive a lighter
jail sentence. Hasan is sentenced to 8 years and is
soon sent to a faraway prison, while his wife Bahar (Hülya
Koçyigit) remains on the farm.
The sleazy Osman spies on her while she dresses in her
bedroom, and destroys the letters Hasan writes. The
duplicitous Osman also fails to support his younger
brother, as he promised. Uncontrollably lusting after
the sweet Bahar, Osman tells her the lie that her
husband died in jail. Osman then forces himself on
Bahar. When a new political regime comes into place,
Hasan is granted his freedom. Seeking revenge on his
deceiving ruthless brother, Hassan fights him in the
water and drowns him. He then opens the dam to provide
water to the other farmers.
the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival.
REVIEWED ON 12/15/2014 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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