Runtime: 106 min
Genre : Crime | Drama | Thriller
Movie Release : 7 March 2014 (Turkey)
Director: Ozan Aciktan
Writers: Ozan Aciktan, Cem Akas (story).
Stars: Esra Bezen Bilgin, Nehir Erdogan, Tardu Flordun
Cenk has just arrived back to Istanbul from the United States. Suppressed love slowly begins to resurface after he encounters Ece, a woman whom he had a romantic relationship with in the past. Suddenly, there is a robbery attempt in a quiet and gloomy house, which results in a crime being committed. Ece flees the scene of the crime and in comes Faruk, Cenk’s best friend and Ece’s fiancé. The two best friends struggle to keep their secrets hidden from one another. Intertwining chain of events follow as these three urban lives are put to the ultimate test; their sufferings and disappointments being exposed to the surface for all to see.
Great plot and excellent execution. Intense and involving story comes to life with Ozan Aciktan’s perfectionist directing. Film starts in a slow pace climaxing after a steady and gradual climb. Aytac Usun, one of the supporting actors was amazing in his first full feature acting job. Although film noir is not a common genre in Turkish cinema Silsile will make my top 20 Turkish films list. Tardu Flordun also shines in his role getting a few big laughs with his carefully measured acting. Watching Silsile was like a fresh breath of air in Turkey’s not so diverse cinema today. Director of photography Ahmet Sesigurgil did a great job capturing the story’s intense and dark atmosphere.