The struggles of a Turkish-Kurdish refugee family in Vienna receive heavyhanded treatment in the shrill melodrama "Your Beauty Is Worth Nothing … ," another film-school graduation project from uber-ambitious Austrian helmer Huseyin Tabak ("Kick Off").
The struggles of a Turkish-Kurdish refugee family in Vienna receive heavyhanded treatment in the shrill melodrama “Your Beauty Is Worth Nothing … ,” another film-school graduation project from uber-ambitious Austrian helmer Huseyin Tabak (“Kick Off”). The narrative unfolds from the p.o.v. of 12-year-old Veysel (Abdulkadir Tuncer), a shy dreamer who is tormented at school for his inability to speak German, while at home his family is in screaming crisis mode. Nicest bits are the sequences illustrating Veysel’s fantasies. Youth fests rep the pic’s best shot at offshore play.
Veysel and his disrespectful older brother (Yusa Durak), weepy mother (Lale Yavas) and Kurdish guerrilla-fighter father (Nazmi Kirik) have temporary asylum status, but the brother’s trouble with the law could lead to their deportation. Learning the Austrian government favors good students lends Veysel extra motivation to complete his homework assignment: Recite a poem in German. Macho neighbor Cem (Orhan Yildrim) helps him translate a work by his namesake, folk poet Asik Veysel; meanwhile, the family of Veysel’s secret crush (Milica Paucic) gets deported. Thesping is one-note, with Tuncer maintaining a beatific expression despite awkward shifts in tone; tech work is mediocre.