Magazine article Screen International

'Entanglement': Review

Magazine article Screen International

'Entanglement': Review

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Dir/scr. Tunc Davut. Turkey. 2015. 86 min.

Style beats content by a mile in Entanglement (Dolanma) a tale of two brothers, one woman, one house in the woods, a breathtaking forest and a very big dog. Tunc Davut's first film displays from its opening sequence an uncanny talent for framing, using deep focus and carefully choosing each single angle and move of his film, but his ambitious attempt to tackle big and small, original and clichéd issues, all at the same time, melts down in a mass of hints that could have eventually blossomed into significance, had they been allowed to develop properly.

Fans of slow-burning, minimalist Turkish cinema should have a look at Entanglement although for others it may prove to be an uphill struggle most of the way.

Two brothers, Kemal and Cemal, share a wooden house in the middle of the forest which has been leftto them by their recently deceased mother. They are seasonal forest workers, making some money on the side by peddling wood illegally out of season. They try to sell a piece of land, inherited as well, which had been exploited for some years by an uncle who never makes an appearance.

The older brother, Kemal (Muhammad Uzumer), acting for all purposes as the head of the family is a gruff, chain-smoking character given to bouts of severe coughing. He returns one day from another attempt to find a customer for the land, once again thwarted by the uncle, in the company of a woman, Nalan (Defne Halman). She laconically announces that she is going to stay with them for a while. Cemal (Baran Sukru Babacan), the submissive younger sibling who keeps the household going, takes it all in his stride, makes the tea, carries the water and fixes the antiquated truck every time it breaks down, without ever voicing an opinion.

Cemal is devoted to the house, to the memory of his mother and to the nature, all around them, which provides for their livelihood. …

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