Until I Lose My Breath

Dir.: Emine Emel Balci | Turkey, Germany 2015 | 94 min

Emine Emel Balci portrays with Dardenne-ish precision a young woman who is fighting for her existence - and future. Serap works at a sewing workshop in one of Istanbul's most gray and dreary neighborhoods and rents with her sister who rummage through her things to take her money. So it is no wonder that Serap dreams of a fresh start in her own apartment. It requires money, so Serap trying to persuade her father, a long-distance driver, to move in with her, but he is clearly not as interested in the reunion as she is. Something in their past can not be repaired so easily. Esme Madra gives an impressive performance as the young woman the camera follows closely throughout the film. It is gritty minimalism and by pointing an accusing finger at the parents in Turkey, Balci marks herself as an exciting new female voice in Turkish film.

Original Title
Nefesim Kesilene Kadar
Title
Until I Lose My Breath
Country
Turkey, Germany
Release Year
2015
Duration
94 min.
Directors
Emine Emel Balci
Producer
Nadir Operli, Titus Kreyenberg
Script
Cast
Esme Madra, Riza Akin, Sema Kecik, Gizem Denizel, Ugur Uzunel, Ece Yüksel
Camera
Murat Tuncel
Sound
Jörg Kidrowski
Editor
Dora Vajda, Emine Emel Balci
Production Company
Prolog Film, Unafilm
Version
Dialogue: Turkish English Subtitles
Tempo
3
Thrills
2
Sighs
5
Laughs
2
Look
2
Food for thought
6