WATCHTOWER

Directed by Pelin Esmer
  • YEAR 11 - FILM 10 / 
  • Turkey, France and Germany / 
  • 2012 / 
  • Turkish with English subtitles / 
  • 100 min
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Synopsis

Haunted by a tragic incident, Nihat isolated himself by becoming a fire warden in a remote observation tower far out in the wilderness. Seher lives in a makeshift room at a rural bus station, and she has taken a job as a bus hostess to escape her own traumatic past. Destined to come to a crossroads, they go about their solitary lives until their fates collide. Beginning at first as muted antagonism, their relationship quickly turns into tender domesticity as they settle together at Nihat's mountain-side watchtower. Yet the weight of the past presses on the silence between them, serving as the ultimate catalyst in their impassioned relationship with each other, and with higher powers that guide their spiritual lives.

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Customer Reviews


Paul Allaer - Customer Review
"Watchtower" (2012 release from Turkey; 96 min.) brings the story of two people whose paths eventually cross. We meet Nihat, a middle-aged man who as the film opens we see starting a new job as a forest fire guard in a watchtower near Tosya, a remote area of Turkey. We also get to know Seher, a young woman who has taken a job as a bus hostess for a regional bus company in Tosya. We learn that she recently left another city in Turkey, Bolu, without telling her parents, and is more or less in hiding in Tosya. It isn't much longer before it is revealed that Seher is pregnant, the reason she fled from her parents. Why is she hiding her pregnancy from her parents? Who is the father of the unborn baby? How will Nihat's and Seher's paths cross? To tell you more of the plot would surely ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out. Couple of comments: first and foremost, I purposefully didn't know much of this movie when I viewed it, and I was surprised (in the best of ways) to find (and also reason that I've kept my plot introduction to a minimum) that this is a complex and gripping family drama and relationship drama. The life circumstances of both the forest fire guard and the young woman will surely tug at your heart. (As to the fire guard, apparently Turkey uses them to monitor possible forest fires in remote areas.) Second, the movie's photography is nothing short of outstanding. Check out the 360 degree views from atop of the watchtower across the Tosya area, it looks like a postcard and make you want to go visit the area yourself. Last but certainly not least, the acting performances of the two leads will leave a deep impression on you, in particular the woman playing the role of Seher. As is usually the case, the DVD comes with a bonus shortie, and this month we get a 17 min. shortie from Greece called "The Foreigner", in which a small village tries to convince a foreign tourist to remain permanently. Pretty good too, in fact. It just adds to the viewing experience that is "Watchtower". "Watchtower" is a great addition to the ever-growing and rich Film Movement catalog of foreign and indie movie. Bottom line: "Watchtower" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


JeffinSeattle - Customer Review
I thought The Watchtower took its time telling this story. I was pretty much disconnected from watching this film, despite its pretty scenery. Although the ending was open ended, I can pretty much predict what would happen, but I won't reveal it. I don't want to spoil the film for those who like this sort of film.

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Nihat (Olgun Simsek) in WATCHTOWER
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