Reviewed at Istanbul Intl. Film Festival, April 14, 1994. Running time: 81 MIN.
With: Zuhal Olcay, Musfik Kenter, Fusun Demirel, Ali Taygun, Mehmet Kartal, Serra Yilmaz, Tuncer Necmioglu, Nurettin Sen, Ece Sevgen.
Foggy scripting and some overly modish direction cloud “Moon Time,” a potentially interesting movie about a romantic triangle set on Turkey’s sunbathed southern coast.
Man in the middle is Agah (Musfik Kenter), a 50-ish former high-liver who’s returned from the big city to devote himself to Turkish calligraphy and life with his younger mistress, Yildiz (Zuhal Olcay). But tranquility proves an elusive commodity with the stormy Yildiz, and soon Agah’s upper-middle-class wife (Fusun Demirel), installed at a neighboring manse, starts trying to lure him back.
Olcay, so good as the long-suffering wife in Yavuz Ozkan’s “An Autumn Story,” isn’t given much to work on as the fiery redhead, apart from endless temper tantrums. In femme helmer Mahinur Ergun’s script, Kenter’s character emerges dimly as the long-suffering male, caught between a rock and a hard place.
Best perf, and the most fully drawn characterization, is Demirel as the wife, a conservative, moneyed bourgeoise who bides her time like a black widow spider.
Tech credits are good, led by d.p. Ugur Icbak’s beautiful vistas of the summery southern seaboard.