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WHEN WE LEAVE (2010)

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“Told calmly but with an escalating sense of dread, the story tackles a conflict that arises in many countries when modern thinking clashes with the strict patriarchal rules of ancient cultures. It's a universal story that will connect with audiences familiar with the struggle of expatriate families to hold on to their sense of community while their daughters aspire to independence.” The Hollywood Reporter “Sheer acting, lensing and helming smarts elevate "When We Leave," a not-unfamiliar tale of a Turkish woman seeking emancipation from her conservative Muslim family, into something special, with considerable emotional payoff.” Variety “A subtle, powerful look at cultural identity, assimilation, and the varied ways in which immigrants embrace or reject the values of their adoptive homes.” The AV Club


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Catalogue No. ACC0215
SRP A$24.95
APN 9333723002152
DVD Release Date 23 Sep 2011
Director Feo Aladag
Producer --
Cast Sibel Kekilli, Nizam Schiller
Genre Drama
Rating MA15+ (Strong themes)
Run Time 115 mins
Visual Format 2.35:1
Audio Format Dolby 5.1
Language German/Turkish (Optional English Subtitles)
Special Features -Director's Interview, -Sibel Kekilli's Interview
Quotes “Told calmly but with an escalating sense of dread, the story tackles a conflict that arises in many countries when modern thinking clashes with the strict patriarchal rules of ancient cultures. It's a universal story that will connect with audiences familiar with the struggle of expatriate families to hold on to their sense of community while their daughters aspire to independence.” The Hollywood Reporter “Sheer acting, lensing and helming smarts elevate "When We Leave," a not-unfamiliar tale of a Turkish woman seeking emancipation from her conservative Muslim family, into something special, with considerable emotional payoff.” Variety “A subtle, powerful look at cultural identity, assimilation, and the varied ways in which immigrants embrace or reject the values of their adoptive homes.” The AV Club
Awards WINNER – Best Actress, 2010 German Film Awards WINNER - Best Film, Best Actress, 2010 Tribeca Film Festival WINNER – Best Director, Berlin Int’l Film Festival WINNER – Audience Award, 2010 Montreal Film Festival WINNER – Audience Award, 2010 Ghant Film Festival WINNER – Jury Award, 2010 Ft Lauderdale Film Festival WINNER – Best Film, 2010 Calgary Film Festival

Synopsis
Fleeing her oppressive marriage in istanbul, german-born umay returns to Berlin with her young son. But here their unexpected arrival creates conflict among her divided family many of whom observe the strictest conventions. in order to keep custody of her son umay is forced to move again prompting a series of decisions with life altering consequences. With a galvanising lead performance by Kekili at its core, When We Leave dramatises the series of ill-fated attempts a self-determined woman makes while caught between the expectations of her traditional culture and the emotional wounds it inflicts upon her family as she strives to break free of it.
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