A series of film reviews and opinion pieces from a film student and all round movie lover! Happy reading!
Fatih Akin’s latest picture is an emotional adventure epic that is both striking and deeply riveting. “The Cut”, Akin’s sixth major picture and follow up to his most famous work “Soul Kitchen”, tells the story of one man’s determination and love for family when faced with some of life’s greatest hardships.
Set in the Ottoman Empire, “The Cut” is a powerful piece of story telling that endures for a long time.
Is this a classic? No. Is this going to be OSCAR worthy for best foreign film? Most likely not. Does this deserve a better iMDB score than 5.8? Absolutely!
Seeing “The Cut” in Hamburg, Germany, made the overall experience a bit more special given it is the birthplace of the Turkish parented director. Akin is well known amongst the people of Hamburg, and I dare say that the release of his latest feature film sparked a lot of excitement for the city.
Although Germany doesn’t have anything to do with the core story, it could be said that local viewers posses an increased connection with each of Akin’s pictures no matter what the subject material is.
During an Armenian genocide, Nazaret Manoogian, a loving father and family man sent off to work by force, manages to survive in the luckiest of circumstances. Throughout his perilous odyssey, Nazaret begins to lose hope, faith and belief in an end goal. He faces the struggle of losing his speech and detaches himself from his faith, as well as enduring the cruelty of humanity and mother nature.
The journey of Nazaret takes him around the globe in search of his twin daughters who are rumoured to alive and well in various locations in different countries. It is the love and unwavering desire for reunification that allows Nazaret to carry on his journey, even after losing everything.
This is a strenuous picture that really packs a punch. It’s filmed in English and it is obvious that it’s not the mother tongue for many of the cast. Although it shouldn’t be a factor of criticism due to it being a foreign film, the acting and speech delivery at times feels slightly forced and awkward due to the secondary language status.
Nevertheless, the performances are solid and the character interactions throughout are potent and heartfelt.
The music is one of the worser elements in the picture however. The ominous and dark riff on various string instruments including an electric guitar seems to come at poorly chosen periods in the film and really detracts from the mood of the scene. The riff itself is rather distracting and doesn’t seem to fit the image which is a shame. I feel that something less ‘in your face’ could have had a better effect overall and could have added some real emotion from a musical standpoint.
All round, “The Cut” was an odyssey like many before, with the emotion and struggle being very prominent. The lead performance was solid and believable, while I personally felt it was the supporting roles that carried the film along the most.
Akin has not disappointed with “The Cut”, he has created something rather beautiful and passionate; he should be commended for this without a doubt, but sadly, come award season, I don’t see it making… (sorry), the cut.