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By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Adult children reflect on difficult past; language, violence

Movie NR 2022 151 minutes
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Most of the first 40 minutes of Cici are meandering and unnecessary, but once the meat of the story is introduced and clarified, it moves with deft intensity. From that point on, it is beautifully conceived and acted, especially by Nur Surer, who plays the mother from ages 40 all the way to around 80 with sublime poise and empathy. Although Kadir never really receives proper comeuppance, the movie sweeps the audience into its reality once the director finds the proper rhythm, pace, and focus. At this point, this near masterpiece embeds us amid the turmoil of familial love, misunderstanding, and pain.

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