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Men On The Bridge

The critical consensus

Showing a keen, compassionate eye for human observation, Özge reveals how each of his character’s lives is as gridlocked as the cars on the bridge.

****(*)Carmen Gray, Total Film, 19/01/2011

Despite one or two nice moments and the naturalistic tone, it's all a bit of a slog.

**(*)(*)(*)Sam Toy, Empire Online, 24/01/2011

We come to know these people so well that they're still by our sides when we leave the film.

****(*)Nigel Andrews, Financial Times, 26/01/2011

Özge, working with a non-professional cast, brings a low-key naturalism to this study of struggle in the big city.

***(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 28/01/2011

All in all, this is a carefully modulated plea for tolerance and mutual understanding: even if the story drifts off into oddly illiberal areas, such as the anti-PKK demonstration that climaxes with a rant against the west and Zionism.

***(*)(*)Andrew Pulver, The Guardian, 27/01/2011

Like most Turkish films that reach this country, it is truthful, sad and depressing.

Philip French, The Observer, 30/01/2011

The naturalistically shot Men on the Bridge has the feel of a fly-on-the-wall documentary, although it’s a scripted drama, in which the non-professional cast play versions of themselves (Murat is actually played by the character’s brother).

***(*)(*)Tom Dawson, The List, 02/03/2011

The disjointed style may not be to all tastes, but fascinating all the same.

***(*)(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 03/03/2011

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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