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Kosmos (12A)

Drama, Fantasy

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The critical consensus

Good luck untangling the welter of subplots.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 10/06/2012

Visually arresting but teeth-grindingly metaphysical, Reha Erdem's curio has shades of Tarsem Singh in its thinly sketched but eye-catching storytelling.

**(*)(*)(*)Kim Newman, Empire Online, 12/06/2012

While the precise meaning of Erdem’s religious and political analogies may be frustratingly obscure to audiences, Turkish and non-Turkish alike, Kosmos shows plenty of evidence of a rare visual talent at work.

***(*)(*)Eddie Harrison, The List, 13/06/2012

Curious to say the least, director Reha Erdem’s enigmatic fable never gives the game away, which gets slightly tedious over two hours. But the bleak, dramatic scenery and sheer oddness here just about keep up the intrigue.

***(*)(*)Jonathan Crocker, Total Film, 13/06/2012

Munching sugarcubes for no apparent reason, lead Sermet Yesil makes a winsome savant, but his tendency to communicate with his beloved in loud squawks of birdsong proves trying, to say the least.

**(*)(*)(*)Mike McCahill, The Guardian, 14/06/2012

The look of it impresses, though deciphering it is a bit like trying to fold jelly.

***(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 15/06/2012

Reha Erdem's confident, skilfully framed allegory.

Philip French, The Observer, 17/06/2012

Quite what we’re supposed to make of this is anyone’s guess, but the combination of Erdem’s gorgeous visuals and the cast’s committed performances proves intriguing nonetheless.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 09/08/2012

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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