by Xavier Toby in New Film on Thursday 22 January 2009

A university lecturer’s elderly father pays a prostitute to leave her profession and live with him, then accidentally kills her, kicking off a series of events with the only common link being those implicated attempting to do one good dead. The university lecturer attempts to find the prostitute’s estranged daughter, who is at the same time being chased by authorities in different countries because of her political activities. Set in Germany and Turkey, and told in several languages, this is a truly international film that focuses on a search for meaning and purpose in an otherwise mundane existence. The scenery plays a central role in the many quiet scenes, often conveying intense emotions. While difficult to watch, this is a film that is not easily forgotten, making it both powerful and beautiful.