A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Find the best qualities in everyone in order to have empathy. No one is alone. The importance of community. Do the right thing even if others tell you it's not necessary.
Positive Role Models
Ayzek shows empathy as he constantly helps others around him. He also values teamwork and compares himself to a captain keeping a ship afloat and making sure everyone is safe. Peri delivers messages full of compassion, although she eventually shows the downside, which can be letting others disrespect you.
Turkish movie with Turkish cast. Most characters are middle-aged, of various body sizes, and living with unspecified mental illnesses. Most male characters talk openly about their emotions and form bonds over their grief. Female characters are independent, outspoken, and often mention they don't need a man in their lives in order to be happy.
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Violence & Scariness
Two characters shoot people, and the victims are wounded but stay alive. A man shows his gun to someone while asking him not to mess with him. Two men get into a fight; one of them is stabbed in the butt. Many mentions of the psychological and emotional effects of the pandemic, which might be triggering. A man tries to kill himself by cutting his wrists; he doesn't die, but asks others for help while he's bleeding. Another man jumps from a building but lands on a car unharmed. A man shares a story of how someone asked him to kill him in exchange for money. Ayzek gives someone a prescription sedative without their consent.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Ayzek flirts with two women in a way that's not threatening or intimidating. He talks to other characters about liking them.
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A couple uses of "f--k," "f--king," "s--t," "d--k," "a--hole"
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Ayzek gives someone a prescription sedative without their consent. He tries to procure more medication after losing his prescription. Characters are seen buying and drinking beer, references to people being an "alcoholic" and a "drug addict," characters smoke cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Do Not Disturb is a Turkish drama Parents need to know that Do Not Disturb is a Turkish drama with comedic elements. Violent scenes include two shootings (no one dies), two characters trying to kill themselves and not succeeding, as well as mentions of the effects of the pandemic, which might be triggering to some. Main character Ayzek gives someone a prescription sedative without their consent and flirts with two women. Language includes "f--k," "f--king," "s--t," "d--k," and "a--hole." Characters smoke cigarettes and drink beer and people are referred to as an "alcoholic" and "drug addict." Most characters are middle-aged and of various body sizes. Positive depictions of talking about mental illness, male characters discussing their feelings, and female characters stating they don't need a man to be happy. Positive messages include the importance of community, empathy, and doing the right thing even if others disagree. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Although many films have dealt with the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, most have done it through allegories on grief, isolation, and the sudden reappraisal of life. Few have addressed the emotional and psychological aftermath of the pandemic as directly as the bittersweet Do Not Disturb. Beloved Turkish writer/actor/director Cem Yilmaz uses another allegory (a hotel as a microcosm) to deliver portraits of loneliness and the ways in which people have learned to cope with the "new normal."
Yilmaz plays Ayzek, a former ferry worker who takes on his new position as a hotel clerk on the night shift with the commitment of a captain trying to keep his ship afloat. Ayzek's empathy often disturbs his guests by interfering with their plans of harming themselves through self-pity and even suicide attempts. Yilmaz displays enormous generosity as a writer by giving the most touching lines to supporting characters, often turning the well-meaning Ayzek into a student of life, who learns life isn't all good nor all bad. Still, the film's shift from a dark comedy into a hopeless drama might be too much for viewers still reeling from the effects of a pandemic that's still ongoing.
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