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Leyla Everlasting

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Comic tale of man wanting to kill wife is awful; language.

Movie NR 2020 112 minutes
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At nearly two hours, Leyla Everlasting feels too long, but its lack of focus and contradictory points of view about men and women make it nearly incomprehensible, if not entirely pointless. This is an example of self indulgent filmmaking at its worst from a writer-director demonstrating no clear grasp of fundamental concepts like pacing, character development, logical consistency, storytelling, or how to support flailing actors.

The material comes from a Turkish stage play and perhaps the cultural jump to America is the problem, but it would be difficult to imagine this working in any language or culture. Perhaps this is a treat for Turkish viewers familiar with the well-known Bilginer and Akbag (she's a great dancer). Perhaps in Turkey these highly competent performers draw viewers in. We might enjoy Meryl Streep and Morgan Freeman mugging and chewing scenery in a screwball comedy, too. But those unfamiliar with these Turkish stars will writhe in empathetic discomfort for their plight. No one should have to be in a movie this bad.

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