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Bal (Honey) (PG)


The quiet life of a boy and his family is endangered when his father does not return home from his work collecting honey in the forest.

The critical consensus

Replete with the artistic style of recent Middle Eastern art house cinema but lacking the substance to truly engage the viewer.

***(*)(*)Ian Freer, Empire Online, 11/07/2011

For all its pleasures, it covers terrain already heavily mined by other arthouse filmmakers.

***(*)(*)Tom Dawson, Total Film, 13/07/2011

Kaplanoglu’s Turkish drama won the Golden Bear at Berlin last year, as much for its stunning photography as what the piece had to say about a fast disappearing lifestyle.

***(*)(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 14/07/2011

Sometimes academic, sometimes beautiful.

***(*)(*)Lee Griffiths, Little White Lies, 14/07/2011

The film itself has a weightlessness, suspended between one exquisitely-lit shot and the next. It’s lovely, and lacking something — a spark of oddity, maybe.

***(*)(*)Tim Robey, The Telegraph, 14/07/2011

It is a film whose unhurried pace must be allowed to grow on you, but once it has, there is something engrossing about the tragedy unfurling slowly and indirectly before our eyes. Some of the images Kaplanoglu finds are superb: a forest, a mountainside, a rippling, pulsing moon reflected in a pool of water. It is poetic film-making.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 14/07/2011

Honey pays homage to the grace and mystery of nature, but it will linger as one of the great modern films about childhood.

*****Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 15/07/2011

Beautiful images and a poetic sense of yearing are the virtues of this delicate tale.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 15/07/2011

It's a film in which each shot has been meticulously composed and yet remains strangely lifeless.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 16/07/2011

Beautiful, contemplative, carefully composed.

Philip French, The Observer, 17/07/2011

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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