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1,903 Ratings

Dry Summer

Susuz Yaz

Directed by Metin Erksan
Turkey, 1963
Drama, Romance

Synopsis

Winner of the prestigious Golden Bear at the 1964 Berlin International Film Festival, this melodrama follows the evil plotting of an unremorseful tobacco farmer who builds a dam to prevent water from flowing downhill to his neighbors’ crops.

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Dry Summer Directed by Metin Erksan
For too long, director Metin Erksan… [repeats] the same basic scenes over and over; the villagers complain, the selfish farmer’s kinder younger brother urges him to reconsider, and the bastard refuses. A mid-film plot twist in which the nice guy agrees to take his awful brother’s place in jail, however, transforms Dry Summer from a stodgy peasant war into a lurid Cain-and-Abel saga…
January 08, 2014
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…Even the Turkish melodrama, Dry Summer — an intensely, didactically filmed work with brutally expressive images — offers a critique of patriarchy and capitalism in a way that might make for a good double feature with, of all things, Chinatown (both involve missing water).
January 06, 2014
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Metin Erksan’s Dry Summer (1964), a melodrama about a love triangle, was the first Turkish film to take home the Golden Bear from the Berlin Film Festival. Most striking here is the sense of setting. The film takes place in a rural Anatolian village, and the countryside’s atmosphere is made palpable by Erksan’s sensual style.
December 29, 2013
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