Magazine article Screen International

'Insiders': Adana Review

Magazine article Screen International

'Insiders': Adana Review

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A police commissioner attempts to manipulate the emotions of an imprisoned teacher


Dir/scr: Huseyin Karabey. Turkey. 2018. 115mins

Desire is weaponised in Adana premiere Insiders, an adaptation of Melih Cevdet Anday’s conversation-heavy 1965 play that ruminates on human nature under fraught circumstances. While lead Caner Cindoruk puts in a gripping performance as a detained man simultaneously fighting for his freedom and against his urges, writer/director Huseyin Karabey (2014’s Come To My Voice) struggles to mould an increasingly problematic premise into a wholly convincing drama - and similarly struggles with transcending the material’s stage origins.

The narrative highlights the human and social impetus to achieve results at any cost

When a police commissioner (Settar Tanriogen) promises an imprisoned teacher (Cindoruk) time alone with his wife, he explains his reasoning as such: “Business and humaneness are two different things.” With the six-month legal time limit for holding the inmate without trial days away from ending, however, the cop’s motives are hardly noble. Certain that a conjugal tryst will finally entice his charge to confess to writing an inflammatory political note, the determined officer surreptitiously makes the necessary arrangements.

The first half of Karabey’s feature follows a cat-and-mouse chat between the two men, with Tanriogen’s police chief trying to intimidate the detainee into acquiescing, and Cindoruk’s captive caught between maintaining his innocence and indulging his impulses. …

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