Borrowed Bride

Respected Turkish director Atif Yilmaz, now in his late 70s, turns in a traditionally helmed tale of forbidden love in "Borrowed Bride," a period yarn that's solid fare for film weeks and ethnic webs. There's nothing adventurous here, but a fine cast of vets and newbies blend well in this good-looking slice of Turk-lit entertainment.

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With: Mujde Ar, Nurgul Yesilcay, Onur Unsel, Fusun Demirel, Sevket Coruh, Fikret Hakan, Nilufer Aydan, Pinar Ogun, Metin Akpinar.

Respected Turkish director Atif Yilmaz, now in his late 70s, turns in a traditionally helmed tale of forbidden love in “Borrowed Bride,” a period yarn that’s solid fare for film weeks and ethnic webs. There’s nothing adventurous here, but a fine cast of vets and newbies blend well in this good-looking slice of Turk-lit entertainment.

Set in ’20s Anatolia, during the early years of the modernizing Republic, story centers on Emine (looker Nurgul Yesilcay), who agrees to be a “borrowed bride” for the virginal son, Ali (Onur Unsel), of the local mayor (Fikret Hakan). (Institution was a traditional — but fast-disappearing — one in which experienced women, under strict codes, prepared young men for marriage.) Emine needs the money while her brooding fiance (Sevket Coruh) languishes in stir, so she agrees to a no-sex, clandestine deal — until she and Ali fall for each other. Script is weak in some of its subplots, especially a love affair between Emine’s younger sister (Pinar Ogun) and a teacher, but solid performances win the day, especially by Hakan as the mayor and ’80s pin-up Mujde Ar as Ali’s mom.

Borrowed Bride

Turkey-Greece

Production: An Ozenfilm (in Turkey)/Playtime (in Greece) release of a Yesilcam Filmcilik, Kenmovie Filmcilik (Turkey)/Cinegram Film & TV Prods. (Greece) production. (International sales: Yesilcam Filmcilik, Istanbul.) Produced by Baris Pirhasan, Sadik Deveci, Kenan Ormanlar. Executive producer, Jale Onanc. Co-producers, Haris Padouvas, Despina Mouzaki. Directed by Atif Yilmaz. Screenplay, Gul Dirican, Yilmaz, Tarik Gunersel, based on the novel "Women Without Music" (Muziksiz kadinlar) by Sukran Kozali.

Crew: Camera (Fujicolor), Kenan Ormanlar; editor, Aylin Zoi; music, Selman Ada; art director, Meral Ozen. Reviewed at Istanbul Film Festival (national competition), April 15, 2005. Turkish dialogue. Running time: 119 MIN.

With: With: Mujde Ar, Nurgul Yesilcay, Onur Unsel, Fusun Demirel, Sevket Coruh, Fikret Hakan, Nilufer Aydan, Pinar Ogun, Metin Akpinar.

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