It’s been a long time since I “visited” Turkey.
Indeed, it’s been awhile since I reviewed an actual movie 🙂
Film critics should review films, right?
Not sporting events. Not YouTube videos. Not the Double Windsor of Trump’s necktie.
Well, I am guilty as charged.
I like sports.
And occasionally a video on the Internet has immense impact on me.
And I like Trump. Sometimes I disagree (strongly) with what he does.
But mostly I agree.
But as I was saying, I have not reviewed a Turkish film since my initial foray into the national cinema of Anatolia.
In retrospect, I actually reviewed two Turkish films long ago: Hudutlarin Kanunu and Susuz Yaz.
What is really complex is the “i” with no dot. I don’t think I have this anywhere on my WordPress possibilities.
But we will forget about that for now.
[at least I can copy and paste]
Which is to say, it is hard to top Yılmaz Güney. Hudutlarin Kanunu is a really special film.
But we must move into the modern era…and see what the Turkish are doing now, right?
Well, Sen Kimsin? may not be a perfect film, but I really enjoyed it 🙂
There is something about Turkish humor which I love!
So let me tell you about this motion picture.
First of all, it is currently streaming on Netflix in the U.S. (!)…
Yes, Netflix seems to all-of-sudden be glutted with Turkish films (which is, for me, a good thing).
And we will get to geopolitics shortly (the strange case of U.S. forces “guarding” the Turkish border [to prevent attacks on the Kurds in Syria?!?]).
Actually, let’s get to that now.
Webster Tarpley (whom I stopped listening to quite awhile ago…when he started calling Trump a Nazi) was forever railing about closing the Jarabulus corridor.
Jarabulus is a Syrian city very near the Turkish border.
Tarpley maintained (if I remember correctly) that ISIS (which, like al-Qaeda, was created by the U.S. [according to Pieczenik]) was being supplied mainly from Turkey.
Tarpley continuously insisted that closing the “Jarabulus corridor” would starve the supply line(s) of ISIS.
And then today we have these headlines: “US troops patrol Turkey-Syria border after strikes on Kurds”.
That was CNN.
It required immense (and worthwhile) effort to not click on that article.
They don’t even deserve italics…
“US troops deployed at Syrian border to prevent clashes between Turkish & Kurdish forces”.
I thought Turkey was part of NATO?
I thought NATO was the greatest thing since sliced shawarma??
I thought the USA and Turkey were on the same side???
Well, maybe not.
Which brings us back to that “failed coup attempt” last year in Turkey.
Now, if the U.S. is today (literally) protecting the Kurds from the Turkish (which even CNN and RT can agree upon).
And the U.S. has nuclear weapons at Incirlik Air Base in Adana, Turkey as part of NATO’s “nuke sharing” program (which is well-known).
Then what the fuck is going on here?
Is Erdoğan such a dipshit that we have to work AGAINST him (while keeping nuclear weapons in his country)?
If that’s the case, then it would not be farfetched to think that the U.S. had some part to play in the failed coup attempt of last year.
Motive? Check. Means? Check. Opportunity? Probably.
As for the U.S. forces on the Turkish border (inside Syria?), their location is not clear from the reportage I am seeing (whether Jarabulus or not).
In a moment of weakness, I clicked on CNN.
The gist there seems to be that the Turks and the Kurds hate each other, but that the Turks and the Kurds are the closest “anti-ISIS” allies of the U.S.. 🙂
Boy, if that’s not generalizing things…
Which is why we need comedy.
And why this will seek to be a film review from here on out.
First, let’s translate Sen Kimsin?: “who are you?”.
Who are you?
This phrase becomes very important during the course of Sen Kimsin?.
Tolga Çevik is the star of our film 🙂
He’s very funny!
Truly, he has some great comedic talent!!
And so this whole film is a bit like The Pink Panther minus Peter Sellers.
But Tolga Çevik does a very admirable job 🙂
Actually, as you’ve noticed, I can’t stop smiling after this film.
There are so many wonderful parts to it.
Indeed, Çevik is the fumbling/bumbling detective (!) who gets made for a useful idiot.
But the ID was only half-right.
He’s an idiot, alright.
But he’s completely useless 🙂
And I know the feeling.
I really related to Tolga Çevik’s character Tekin.
Director Ozan Açıktan did an excellent job of letting Tolga’s talents come to the fore!
But this comedy of errors just wouldn’t be the same without the priceless contribution of Köksal Engür.
You know, the Turks are a brave people.
And seeing the great humor of Köksal Engür reminded me of that 🙂
But let us talk about the beautiful ladies of this film.
Zeynep Özder is really charming as Pelin 🙂
But I must also give credit to the villainess Pelin Körmükçü.
Wow! What a beautiful 46-year-old woman!!!
Anyhow, these ladies are distracting.
But this is just a plain fun film.
It is meant for enjoyment.
And there is some great dialogue (particularly between Tekin and Ismail).
I thoroughly recommend this film as a fun way to learn a little more about Turkish culture 🙂
Thank you, my friends!