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Directed by Reha Erdem
Produced in 2010
Main Language - Turkish with English subtitles
Sermet Yesil, Turku Turan, Serkan Keskin, Hakan Altuntas, Akin Anli
Reha Erdem's 'utopian vision of a human being' is a tale of an enigmatic, miracle-working stranger in a snowy Anatolian village. James Oliver acclaims its ambition and imaginative approach.
An enigmatic Turkish drama from Reha Erdem (Times and Winds), Kosmos sees a mysterious outsider arrive in a remote town near the Armenian border of eastern Anatolia in midwinter. Who is this stranger? He emerges, as if from nowhere, out of a snowy landscape to rescue a boy from a raging river and restore the apparently dead child to life. He calls himself Kosmos and heís a simple, unworldly soul, albeit one with miraculous powers. But maybe he is more: strange things are happening. Is Kosmos their herald?
Kosmos the film isnít interested in resolving the mystery of Kosmos the man, preferring to use this unusual figure to explore larger concerns. From the title on, Kosmos is obsessed with big themes, pondering our place in the universe: in the filmís astonishing most moment, a satellite falls from the sky before Kosmosís eyes.
Kosmos might usefully be compared with the work of Bťla Tarr, another director fond of gnomic tales of mysterious new arrivals, but Erdem is his own man, possessed of an eye for an intriguing shot and an ear for imaginative sound design. Cryptic but worthwhile.
James Oliver on 18th July 2012
Author of 147 reviews
A surreal Turkish drama from Reha Erdem (Times and Winds), Kosmos sees a mysterious outsider arrive in a remote town near the Armenian border of eastern Anatolia in midwinter. He overhears the screams of a drowning boy coming from a nearby river. Jumping into the freezing water to save the boy, he meets the boy's beautiful older sister, who introduces herself as Neptune, and the two share an instant affinity. As Kosmos finds his place among the townspeople, they realise that he is no ordinary man, but is in possession of otherworldly capacities and special powers that render him capable of solving people's problems and healing the sick. He is hailed as a miracle worker and the town's local men folk go out of their way to make him feel at home. However, when it becomes clear that he would rather steal than work to repay the hospitality they have shown him, the locals soon start to tire of their most recent inhabitant...
Publisher: Drakes Avenue
Length: 122 mins
Cat No: DAP7818
Format: DVD Colour