Bal

Release date: March 25, 2011
(NY)

Studio: Olive Films

Director: Semih Kaplanoglu

MPAA Rating: N/A

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Starring: Bora Altas, Erdal Besikçioglu

Genre: Drama

Duration: N/A

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Plot Summary:

A beautiful meditation on familial love and the mysteries of nature. The third entry in Turkish filmmaker Semih Kaplanoglu's "Yusuf Trilogy," it relates the formative childhood influences on a young poet named Yusuf. A first year schoolboy, the sensitive Yusuf (Bora Altas) lives with his beekeeper father Yakup (Erdal Besikçioglu) and pretty young mother Zehra (Tülin Özen) in an isolated region in Northeast Turkey , bordering a magical forest where Yakup places his specially made hves and makes a living gathering prized black honey. Yusuf often accompanies his father, whom he greatly loves and admires, on these trips and they share a special bond, not only with each other but with the mystical countryside. However, with his family's livelihood endangered by the progressive disappearance of bees, Yakup has no choice but to venture into more treacherous mountainous areas to hang his hives. Days pass and Yakup does not return. Distraught, Yusuf slips into silence but finally summons all his courage and alone, runs deep into the forest to search for his father.

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