Clair Obscur

Dir.: Yesim Ustaoglu | Turkey, Germany, Poland, France 2016 | 105 min

The career psychiatrist Chenaz and the young housewife Elma are so different as representations of Turkish women, that they almost look like a cliché. But 'Clair Obscur' is far from it, and when a traumatic event crosses their paths, it suddenly becomes obvious that they have more in common than first assumed. Chenaz is modern and liberated, even in her relationship with her boyfriend, while Elma is uneducated and cows to her older husband and mother-in-law, and their common whims. At least that's what it looks like from a distance, but as the drama develops – and it really does – the contours get blurred. With its hesitant pace, 'Clair Obscur' gets under our skin and catches us over and over with our guard down thanks to its surprising and disturbing plot. Yesim Ustaoglus paints a striking portrait of a young generation of women, who in spite of the year we are living in are still beholden to a society where men consider them more as utility objects than as equals. Reflected in the photographer Michael Hammon's masterful images, where cultural and natural forces sensually flex their muscles.

Original Title
Tereddüt
Title
Clair Obscur
Country
Turkey, Germany, Poland, France
Release Year
2016
Duration
105 min.
Directors
Yesim Ustaoglu
Producer
Yeşim Ustaoğlu Marianne Slot Titus Kreyenberg
Script
Cast
Funda Eryigit, Ecem Uzun, Mehmet Kurtulus, Okan Yalabik, Serkan Keskin, Sema Poyraz
Camera
Michael Hammon
Sound
Bruno Tarrière
Editor
Agnieszka Glinska, Svetolik Zajc
Music
Antoni Komasa-Łazarkiewicz
Production Company
Ustaoglu Production, Slot Machine, Unafilm, Aeroplan Film, Aeroplan
Version
Dialogue: English Subtitles
Tempo
3
Thrills
3
Sighs
8
Laughs
1
Look
4
Food for thought
8