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by Jason Anderson
September 8, 2012 10:21 AM
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TIFF Capsule Review: 'Watchtower'

The two central characters in this modest but effective drama by Turkish director Pelin Esmer want nothing more to be left alone. And until circumstances force them into each other’s lives in Watchtower’s later stages, they are largely able to achieve this goal. That said, it’s an easier task for Nihat (Olgun Simsek), a grief-stricken man who has taken a job as a fire warden keeping watch over the wilderness from his perch in a mountainside tower. A sullen young woman who works at a nearby bus station, Seher (Nilay Erdonmez) has abandoned her university studies for reasons that remain opaque until an angry confrontation with her parents. Though few in number, such outbursts make a considerable impact in Esmer’s study in suffering, which portrays emotional repression not so much as a personal plight for two tormented souls but as a prevailing societal condition that creates a vast landscape of pain extending past the small patch we see here. Criticwire grade: B [Jason Anderson]

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  • PRADIP BISWAS | May 28, 2014 5:11 AMReply

    PRADIP BISWAS, FILM SCHOLAR, FACULTY, PRADIP BISWAS FILM SCHOLAR, AUTHOR FACULTY, FILM STUDIES, FILM INSTITUTES/UNIVERSITY INDIAN EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS MEMBER FEDERATION INTERNATIONAL DE LA PRESSE CINEMATOGRAPHIQUE (FIPRESCI) MUNICH BOARD MEMBER SELECTION COMMITTEE, SRFTI, KOLKATA GOVT. OF INDIA FILM SCRIPT COMMITTEE MEMBER NFDC, GOVT. OF INDIA CBFC MEMBER, GOVT. OF INDIA JURY MEMBER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA, IFFI, INDIA, FIFF, SWISS, PUSAN, KOREA. MAMI, MUMBAI, IFFK,KERALA, VARNA, BULGARIA MEMBER ADVISORY BOARD CINE CENTRAL CALCUTTA CO-ORDINATOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALSFILM STUDIES | MAY 18, 2014 10:06 AMREPLY

    The film Watch Tower by Pelin Esmer is an eye-opening work about half-hidden Turkey where more of marginalized human beings feel distraught to survive. In a post modern interpretation, Watch Tower has open multiple windows to suppressive system, poverty, social embargo, and others taboos. Just two characters are planted in the plot by Esmer to bring out huge anguish of such nature, not visible before us. Esmer looks very contemplative and brings justice to what the society the Turkish society prevents for the common humanbeings. A great film indeed.

  • PRADIP BISWAS | May 28, 2014 5:11 AMReply

    PRADIP BISWAS, FILM SCHOLAR, FACULTY, PRADIP BISWAS FILM SCHOLAR, AUTHOR FACULTY, FILM STUDIES, FILM INSTITUTES/UNIVERSITY INDIAN EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS MEMBER FEDERATION INTERNATIONAL DE LA PRESSE CINEMATOGRAPHIQUE (FIPRESCI) MUNICH BOARD MEMBER SELECTION COMMITTEE, SRFTI, KOLKATA GOVT. OF INDIA FILM SCRIPT COMMITTEE MEMBER NFDC, GOVT. OF INDIA CBFC MEMBER, GOVT. OF INDIA JURY MEMBER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA, IFFI, INDIA, FIFF, SWISS, PUSAN, KOREA. MAMI, MUMBAI, IFFK,KERALA, VARNA, BULGARIA MEMBER ADVISORY BOARD CINE CENTRAL CALCUTTA CO-ORDINATOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALSFILM STUDIES | MAY 18, 2014 10:06 AMREPLY

    The film Watch Tower by Pelin Esmer is an eye-opening work about half-hidden Turkey where more of marginalized human beings feel distraught to survive. In a post modern interpretation, Watch Tower has open multiple windows to suppressive system, poverty, social embargo, and others taboos. Just two characters are planted in the plot by Esmer to bring out huge anguish of such nature, not visible before us. Esmer looks very contemplative and brings justice to what the society the Turkish society prevents for the common humanbeings. A great film indeed.

  • PRADIP BISWAS | May 28, 2014 5:11 AMReply

    PRADIP BISWAS, FILM SCHOLAR, FACULTY, PRADIP BISWAS FILM SCHOLAR, AUTHOR FACULTY, FILM STUDIES, FILM INSTITUTES/UNIVERSITY INDIAN EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS MEMBER FEDERATION INTERNATIONAL DE LA PRESSE CINEMATOGRAPHIQUE (FIPRESCI) MUNICH BOARD MEMBER SELECTION COMMITTEE, SRFTI, KOLKATA GOVT. OF INDIA FILM SCRIPT COMMITTEE MEMBER NFDC, GOVT. OF INDIA CBFC MEMBER, GOVT. OF INDIA JURY MEMBER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA, IFFI, INDIA, FIFF, SWISS, PUSAN, KOREA. MAMI, MUMBAI, IFFK,KERALA, VARNA, BULGARIA MEMBER ADVISORY BOARD CINE CENTRAL CALCUTTA CO-ORDINATOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALSFILM STUDIES | MAY 18, 2014 10:06 AMREPLY

    The film Watch Tower by Pelin Esmer is an eye-opening work about half-hidden Turkey where more of marginalized human beings feel distraught to survive. In a post modern interpretation, Watch Tower has open multiple windows to suppressive system, poverty, social embargo, and others taboos. Just two characters are planted in the plot by Esmer to bring out huge anguish of such nature, not visible before us. Esmer looks very contemplative and brings justice to what the society the Turkish society prevents for the common humanbeings. A great film indeed.

  • PRADIP BISWAS | May 28, 2014 5:10 AMReply

    PRADIP BISWAS, FILM SCHOLAR, FACULTY, PRADIP BISWAS FILM SCHOLAR, AUTHOR FACULTY, FILM STUDIES, FILM INSTITUTES/UNIVERSITY INDIAN EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS MEMBER FEDERATION INTERNATIONAL DE LA PRESSE CINEMATOGRAPHIQUE (FIPRESCI) MUNICH BOARD MEMBER SELECTION COMMITTEE, SRFTI, KOLKATA GOVT. OF INDIA FILM SCRIPT COMMITTEE MEMBER NFDC, GOVT. OF INDIA CBFC MEMBER, GOVT. OF INDIA JURY MEMBER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA, IFFI, INDIA, FIFF, SWISS, PUSAN, KOREA. MAMI, MUMBAI, IFFK,KERALA, VARNA, BULGARIA MEMBER ADVISORY BOARD CINE CENTRAL CALCUTTA CO-ORDINATOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALSFILM STUDIES | MAY 18, 2014 10:06 AMREPLY

    The film Watch Tower by Pelin Esmer is an eye-opening work about half-hidden Turkey where more of marginalized human beings feel distraught to survive. In a post modern interpretation, Watch Tower has open multiple windows to suppressive system, poverty, social embargo, and others taboos. Just two characters are planted in the plot by Esmer to bring out huge anguish of such nature, not visible before us. Esmer looks very contemplative and brings justice to what the society the Turkish society prevents for the common humanbeings. A great film indeed.

  • PRADIP BISWAS | May 28, 2014 5:10 AMReply

    PRADIP BISWAS, FILM SCHOLAR, FACULTY, PRADIP BISWAS FILM SCHOLAR, AUTHOR FACULTY, FILM STUDIES, FILM INSTITUTES/UNIVERSITY INDIAN EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS MEMBER FEDERATION INTERNATIONAL DE LA PRESSE CINEMATOGRAPHIQUE (FIPRESCI) MUNICH BOARD MEMBER SELECTION COMMITTEE, SRFTI, KOLKATA GOVT. OF INDIA FILM SCRIPT COMMITTEE MEMBER NFDC, GOVT. OF INDIA CBFC MEMBER, GOVT. OF INDIA JURY MEMBER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA, IFFI, INDIA, FIFF, SWISS, PUSAN, KOREA. MAMI, MUMBAI, IFFK,KERALA, VARNA, BULGARIA MEMBER ADVISORY BOARD CINE CENTRAL CALCUTTA CO-ORDINATOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALSFILM STUDIES | MAY 18, 2014 10:06 AMREPLY

    The film Watch Tower by Pelin Esmer is an eye-opening work about half-hidden Turkey where more of marginalized human beings feel distraught to survive. In a post modern interpretation, Watch Tower has open multiple windows to suppressive system, poverty, social embargo, and others taboos. Just two characters are planted in the plot by Esmer to bring out huge anguish of such nature, not visible before us. Esmer looks very contemplative and brings justice to what the society the Turkish society prevents for the common humanbeings. A great film indeed.

  • PRADIP BISWAS, FILM SCHOLAR, FACULTY, PRADIP BISWAS film scholar, author Faculty, Film Studies, Film Institutes/University Indian Express Newspapers Member Federation International de la Presse Cinematographique (FIPRESCI) Munich Board Member Selection Committee, SRFTI, Kolkata Govt. of India Film Script Committee Member NFDC, Govt. of India CBFC Member, Govt. of India Jury Member International Film Festival of India, IFFI, India, FIFF, Swiss, Pusan, Korea. MAMI, Mumbai, IFFK,Kerala, Varna, Bulgaria Member Advisory Board Cine Central Calcutta Co-Ordinator International Film FestivalsFILM STUDIES | May 18, 2014 10:06 AMReply

    The film Watch Tower by Pelin Esmer is an eye-opening work about half-hidden Turkey where more of marginalized human beings feel distraught to survive. In a post modern interpretation, Watch Tower has open multiple windows to suppressive system, poverty, social embargo, and others taboos. Just two characters are planted in the plot by Esmer to bring out huge anguish of such nature, not visible before us. Esmer looks very contemplative and brings justice to what the society the Turkish society prevents for the common humanbeings. A great film indeed.

  • PRADIP BISWAS, FILM SCHOLAR, FACULTY, PRADIP BISWAS film scholar, author Faculty, Film Studies, Film Institutes/University Indian Express Newspapers Member Federation International de la Presse Cinematographique (FIPRESCI) Munich Board Member Selection Committee, SRFTI, Kolkata Govt. of India Film Script Committee Member NFDC, Govt. of India CBFC Member, Govt. of India Jury Member International Film Festival of India, IFFI, India, FIFF, Swiss, Pusan, Korea. MAMI, Mumbai, IFFK,Kerala, Varna, Bulgaria Member Advisory Board Cine Central Calcutta Co-Ordinator International Film FestivalsFILM STUDIES | May 18, 2014 10:06 AMReply

    The film Watch Tower by Pelin Esmer is an eye-opening work about half-hidden Turkey where more of marginalized human beings feel distraught to survive. In a post modern interpretation, Watch Tower has open multiple windows to suppressive system, poverty, social embargo, and others taboos. Just two characters are planted in the plot by Esmer to bring out huge anguish of such nature, not visible before us. Esmer looks very contemplative and brings justice to what the society the Turkish society prevents for the common humanbeings. A great film indeed.

  • PRADIP BISWAS, FILM SCHOLAR, FACULTY, PRADIP BISWAS film scholar, author Faculty, Film Studies, Film Institutes/University Indian Express Newspapers Member Federation International de la Presse Cinematographique (FIPRESCI) Munich Board Member Selection Committee, SRFTI, Kolkata Govt. of India Film Script Committee Member NFDC, Govt. of India CBFC Member, Govt. of India Jury Member International Film Festival of India, IFFI, India, FIFF, Swiss, Pusan, Korea. MAMI, Mumbai, IFFK,Kerala, Varna, Bulgaria Member Advisory Board Cine Central Calcutta Co-Ordinator International Film FestivalsFILM STUDIES | May 18, 2014 10:06 AMReply

    The film Watch Tower by Pelin Esmer is an eye-opening work about half-hidden Turkey where more of marginalized human beings feel distraught to survive. In a post modern interpretation, Watch Tower has open multiple windows to suppressive system, poverty, social embargo, and others taboos. Just two characters are planted in the plot by Esmer to bring out huge anguish of such nature, not visible before us. Esmer looks very contemplative and brings justice to what the society the Turkish society prevents for the common humanbeings. A great film indeed.

  • PRADIP BISWAS, FILM SCHOLAR, FACULTY, PRADIP BISWAS film scholar, author Faculty, Film Studies, Film Institutes/University Indian Express Newspapers Member Federation International de la Presse Cinematographique (FIPRESCI) Munich Board Member Selection Committee, SRFTI, Kolkata Govt. of India Film Script Committee Member NFDC, Govt. of India CBFC Member, Govt. of India Jury Member International Film Festival of India, IFFI, India, FIFF, Swiss, Pusan, Korea. MAMI, Mumbai, IFFK,Kerala, Varna, Bulgaria Member Advisory Board Cine Central Calcutta Co-Ordinator International Film FestivalsFILM STUDIES | May 18, 2014 10:06 AMReply

    The film Watch Tower by Pelin Esmer is an eye-opening work about half-hidden Turkey where more of marginalized human beings feel distraught to survive. In a post modern interpretation, Watch Tower has open multiple windows to suppressive system, poverty, social embargo, and others taboos. Just two characters are planted in the plot by Esmer to bring out huge anguish of such nature, not visible before us. Esmer looks very contemplative and brings justice to what the society the Turkish society prevents for the common humanbeings. A great film indeed.

  • PRADIP BISWAS, FILM SCHOLAR, FACULTY, PRADIP BISWAS film scholar, author Faculty, Film Studies, Film Institutes/University Indian Express Newspapers Member Federation International de la Presse Cinematographique (FIPRESCI) Munich Board Member Selection Committee, SRFTI, Kolkata Govt. of India Film Script Committee Member NFDC, Govt. of India CBFC Member, Govt. of India Jury Member International Film Festival of India, IFFI, India, FIFF, Swiss, Pusan, Korea. MAMI, Mumbai, IFFK,Kerala, Varna, Bulgaria Member Advisory Board Cine Central Calcutta Co-Ordinator International Film FestivalsFILM STUDIES | May 18, 2014 10:06 AMReply

    The film Watch Tower by Pelin Esmer is an eye-opening work about half-hidden Turkey where more of marginalized human beings feel distraught to survive. In a post modern interpretation, Watch Tower has open multiple windows to suppressive system, poverty, social embargo, and others taboos. Just two characters are planted in the plot by Esmer to bring out huge anguish of such nature, not visible before us. Esmer looks very contemplative and brings justice to what the society the Turkish society prevents for the common humanbeings. A great film indeed.