The Cut

Dir.: Fatih Akin | Germany, France, Italy, Russian Federation, Canada, Poland, Turkey 2014 | 138 min

Around the beginning of the First World War, the Ottoman Empire, now Turkey, was a nation in dissolution. In the late 1800s, great powers, crises and wars had diminshed the once mighty empire. The Young Turk desperation culminated with a genocide on the Armenians in eastern Anatolia which even today is rarely mentioned. For this reason alone, Turkish-German Fatih Akin's 'The Cut' is interesting. The film is the final part of Akin's 'Love, Death and the Devil' trilogy, which he kickstarted in 2004 with his devastating breakthrough film, the love-tragedy 'Gegen' about a Turkish immigrant in present-day Germany. In contrast, the mood was light in 'Soul Kitchen', set in a fast food joint in Hamburg. 'The Cut' is a bit of a detour for Akin and looks like a magnificent historic Hollywood epic, where Tahar Rahim ('The Prophet') plays the Armenian smith Nazaret who is enrolled by force in the military. When a robber gang attack and cut the throats of his platoon, he survives with help from a kind-hearted Samaritan, but loses his voice, is left alone in the desert and, later on, embarks on a journey through revolution and desperation. He hopes to find his daughter - who may or may not have survived the genocide.

Original Title
The Cut
Country
Germany, France, Italy, Russian Federation, Canada, Poland, Turkey
Release Year
2014
Duration
138 min.
Directors
Fatih Akin
Producer
Fatih Akin, Karl Baumgartner, Reinhard Brundig, Fabienne Vonier
Script
Cast
Tahar Rahim, Simon Abkarian, Makram J. Khoury, Hindi Zahra, Kevork Malikyan, Bartu Küçükçaglayan
Camera
Rainer Klausmann
Sound
Jean-Paul Mugel, Malte Bieler
Editor
Andrew Bird
Music
Alexander Hacke
Production Company
Bombero International, Corazón International, International Traders, Jordan Films, Pandora Filmproduktion
Version
English Version
Tempo
4
Thrills
3
Sighs
8
Laughs
1
Look
7
Food for thought
3