A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Using drastic measures, a rocky marriage can be saved. Relationships shouldn't be prisons.
Positive Role Models
A woman treats her husband unfairly, causing a marital rift. She seems to be an exhibitionist with impulse-control problems.
The Turkish film is set in New York City with a mostly White Turkish cast.
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Violence & Scariness
A pimp mistakes a woman in a minidress for a sex worker horning in on his territory. He holds a knife to her until she is rescued. The rescuer beats the pimp.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple has sex, with no nudity. A woman loudly fakes an orgasm in front of a night club full of people.
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"F--k," "s--t," "bastard," "damn," "hell," and "bitch."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink alcohol to excess and smoke cigarettes and marijuana.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Last Call for Istanbul is a Turkish romance about a troubled married couple taking an unusual tactic to work their way back to togetherness. Flashbacks and flashforwards paint a picture of their history and conflicts as the story examines marital loyalty, the necessity of sacrifice in a committed relationship, and the difficulty of balancing of two lives struggling to go on as a married unit. A couple has sex, with no nudity. A woman loudly fakes an orgasm in front of a night club full of people. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," "bastard," "damn," "hell," and "bitch." Adults drink alcohol to excess and smoke cigarettes and marijuana. A man holds a knife to a woman. He is beaten by a rescuer. In Turkish with English subtitles. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Last Call for Istanbul begins with a lie and for the entire film, the audience waits for its explanation. Sadly, that explanation is disappointing and unbelievable. Kivanc Tatlitug and Beren Saat are excellent as a couple in various stages of their passionate, committed, and then rocky relationship. But their charisma alone cannot turn the disjointed, non-chronological jumble into a coherent narrative. When they first lay eyes on each other at the carousel, we hear their thoughts, and they both feel as if they already know each other. As the story proceeds, this gimmick feels indefensibly dishonest. A retrospective Big Reveal refers to an elaborate charade they've engaged in to save their marriage. But since one of them wants out and pursues the marriage's end ruthlessly, it seems incredible that party would make the effort to reconcile by participating in the absurdly convoluted plot presented here. Never mind that one of them has packed both wallet and cellphone in a checked suitcase, something no one in their right mind would ever do. Yet the shaky plot depends on this bit of lunacy.
Similarly, Serin, with her new job and apartment in New York City, makes an inexplicable decision at the end of the story, ignoring the fact that lack of freedom is what made her unhappy in the marriage. Ultimately, the movie is wrapped around a silly premise that crumbles under the slightest bit of scrutiny.
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