EXPAT CINEMA: SNOW AND THE BEAR
We continue with our series of Expat Cinema – where we offer the best foreign movies with English subtitles. Selcen Ergun delivers a dark tale blinded by the whiteness of the snowy landscapes of a Turkish village locked in the outdated traditions of an endless winter.
In a small, snow-covered, border town of Turkey, winter surprisingly doesn’t come to an end this year. The roads are blocked due to heavy snowfall. The rumor has it that bears have risen early from winter-sleep and killed some animals around. ASLI is a young nurse who has been appointed here recently. A man from the town, Hasan, goes missing the night Asli has an argument with him. Everybody has a different theory about his disappearance and many fingers are pointed at Samet, a young man who has had some troubles with him. However, Samet already knows that Asli is the one who accidentally caused Hasan’s death. Hiding this even from Asli, he starts to see himself as her guardian. Asli’s refusal of him infuriates Samet. While they are having a quarrel, a gunshot is heard from outside. They go to see what has happened: amidst the angry crowd, a bear lies dead on the snow – killed by the villagers. Hasan’s corpse has been discovered in the forest. The bear becomes the bearer of all sins.