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Wild Heart: Hell of Boomerang

Beneath the clumsy English title "Wild Heart: Hell of Boomerang" lies a good-looking, mildly diverting drama-thriller about Kurdish terrorists in remote eastern Turkey. A bigscreen extension of one of Turkey's most popular TV serials, pic should interest ethnically themed webs as useful filler.

Beneath the clumsy English title “Wild Heart: Hell of Boomerang” lies a good-looking, mildly diverting drama-thriller about Kurdish terrorists in remote eastern Turkey. A bigscreen extension of one of Turkey’s most popular TV serials, pic should interest ethnically themed webs as useful filler.

Tevfik Senol’s mobile camera makes striking use of locations in the walled city of Diyarbakir, a longtime Kurdish stronghold, whither our lantern-jawed hero, Yusuf (Kenan Imirzalioglu), drives with his fiancee, Zeynep (Melda Bekcan), to attend the wedding of an old army pal, Cemal (Oktay Kaynarca), to Leyla (Zara). When Cemal is shot dead in the middle of celebrations, and his killer is immediately shot down afterwards, Yusuf checks into a local hotel and starts snooping around for the truth, later helped by his former army commander, the unorthodox Bozo (Selcuk Yontem, characterful). Action is fairly low-octane, but location shooting gives a good feel for how everyday terrorist activities co-exist with normal life. Imirzalioglu focuses on looking hunky and intense, leaving the acting up to the rest of the serviceable cast. Title’s handle is a ref to how terrorism rebounds on its users.

Wild Heart: Hell of Boomerang

Turkey

  • Production: An Ozen Film release of a Sinegraf prodiction. (International sales: Ozen, Istanbul.) Produced by Mustafa Sevki Dogan. Directed by Osman Sinav. Screenplay, Raci Sasmaz, Sinav.
  • Crew: Camera (color), Tevfik Senol; editor, Kemalettin Osmanli; music, Aria. Reviewed on videocassette, London, May 4, 2002. (In Istanbul Film Festival, non-competing.) Running time: 122 MIN.
  • With: <B>With:</B> Kenan Imirzalioglu, Melda Bekcan, Selcuk Yontem, Oktay Kaynarca, Zara, Macit Sonkan, Zafer Ergin, Haluk Kurtoglu, Emin Gursoy.
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