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Wish Me Luck

A put-upon high school student holds his class hostage at gunpoint in "Wish Me Luck," a partly successful attempt at something new in Turkish cinema -- crossing drama, comedy and action in a hot-button storyline.

A put-upon high school student holds his class hostage at gunpoint in “Wish Me Luck,” a partly successful attempt at something new in Turkish cinema — crossing drama, comedy and action in a hot-button storyline. Film is flawed by its wavering tone, plus an ending that’s obvious a mile off, but this first feature by writer-director Cagan Irmak, who cut his teeth on TV movies, shows a filmmaker with real mainstream potential.

Bahadir (Riza Kocaoglu) is a slightly geeky, middle-class kid raised by a distant, self-obsessed mother. When he sticks up his own class one day, and the media and police gather outside, he forces his schoolmates to recount their own hang-ups and repressions, broadcast to the outside world on a PA system. The personal revelations are a mixed bunch: One boy is afraid of the dark, another joined a group of satanists, a snooty girl turns out to be the class tart, and the class bully was beaten by his own father. The media, especially, comes in for some obvious parody, but in general perfs by the younger players keep the pic on course. Technically, it’s fine.

Wish Me Luck

Turkey

  • Production: A Muhtesem Film production. (International sales: MFP, Istanbul.) Produced by Irfan Tozum. Directed, written by Cagan Irmak.
  • Crew: Camera (color), Cenap Cevahir; editor, Erhan Oz; music, Aria; art director, Remzi Evren. Reviewed on videocassette, London, May 6, 2002. (In Istanbul Film Festival, national competition.) Running time: 90 MIN.
  • With: <B>With:</B> Riza Kocaoglu, Deniz Ugur, Volkan Severcan, Nilgun Belgun, Berke Uzrek, Guler Okten, Kutay Kokturk, Basak Dasman, Mert Akca, Melisa Sozen, Ismail Hacioglu, Aysun Metiner, Fuat Onan, Oya Semerci.
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