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THE CUT is Fatih Akin's epic drama about one man's journey through the Ottoman Empire after surviving the 1915 Armenian genocide. Deported from his home in Mardin, Nazareth (Tahar Rahim, A Prophet) moves onwards as a forced laborer. When he learns that his twin daughters may still be alive, his hope is revived and he travels to America, via Cuba, to find them. His search takes him from the Mesopotamian deserts and Havana to the barren and desolate prairies of North Dakota. On this odyssey, he encounters a range of very different people: angelic and kind-hearted characters, but also the devil incarnate.
Fatih Akin's THE CUT is a genuine, hand-made epic, of the type that people just don't make anymore. In other words, a deeply personal response to a tragic historical episode, that has great intensity, beauty and sweeping grandeur. This picture is very precious to me, on many levels. --Martin Scorsese
Heartfelt… Ambitious… Courageous --The Guardian
An Astonishing Movie --Lyons Den Radio
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Item model number : 35221294
- Director : Fatih Akin
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
- Run time : 2 hours and 18 minutes
- Release date : January 19, 2016
- Actors : Tahar Rahim, Simon Abkarian, Makram J. Khoury, Hindi Zahra, Kevork Malikian
- Subtitles: : English
- Studio : Strand Home Video
- ASIN : B014E8TP5E
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #97,000 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The Cut is based on meticulous research of the Armenian genocide; it had the enthusiastic participation of many Armenians and Armenian Americans (notably Scorsese’s scriptwriter, Mardik Martin). But this is not a film "about" the Armenian genocide, the direct portrayal of which occupies less than half the film (the remainder is devoted to Nazaret Manoogian's search for his twin daughters). It is this "second half" of the film that has left some viewers complaining about a lack of plot. But for the attentive viewer, there are many treasures here.
More than a “mere” historical drama, The Cut is both a morality play of sorts and an homage to Akin’s cinematic inspirations from Chaplin to John Ford. The obvious moral content concerns the genocide itself, and the film offers multiple please for understanding and forgiveness rather than revenge; in one scene, Nazaret stops with his hand raised to literally throw stones at the now-defeated Ottomans, a clear reference to his own namesake's injunction not to "cast the first stone." But film's portrayal of evil (and the devil and theodicy and proper human action) is not confined to the obvious or the horrendous; in this film, small choices end up making all the difference. Watch it carefully and you'll see! The cinematography is beautiful and comes through even on the small screen.
I have not watched the original English version, but instead the Armenian-dubbed version with English subtitles; for me the range of languages in the film is part of its attraction (languages I could identify included Turkish, Arabic, Spanish, and finally, indeed, some very American English).
A must for every movie lover interested in a war drama. Well done.
I just found it odd that the missing daughter was later found in an American western state. I didn't think that the Armenians were settled there.
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What befalls him is horrific and what befell the Armenians was a war crime and a crime against humanity. In the aftermath of his travails Nazarat hears that his daughters have survived the blood bath, he then sets out to find them and the majority of the film is taken up with his search.
Now this is a fairly good effort, it is a bit shameless at tugging on the heart strings though. It was a wide European co-production and that is reflected in the languages being used. The main language though is English, which is used by most of the players here. That may be why it has faced criticism of some of the acting. That criticism is that some of it was a bit hammy or wooden. It is harder to act in a non native tongue so a lot of the nuances are lost.
Rahim is as ever excellent and believable and as a central character to the film he manages to hold it all together very well. There are some plot holes and I could not find if this was based on an actual real story. However, it is fairly engaging and with a run time of around two hours managed to keep me gripped for the most part hence my rating.
Nazaret ist Armenier und Christ. Mit seiner Familie lebt er als Schmied 1915 in Mardin. Durch den Krieg wird er von seiner Familie getrennt. Als dieser zu Ende ist, begibt er sich auf die Suche nach seinen Verwandten, die ihn über den Libanon nach Kuba, Florida nach Minneapolis und schließlich North Dakota führt.
In monumentalen Bildern, als handle es sich um bewegte Fotografien oder Bühnenbilder in hellen, blassen Farben, erzählt Fatih Akin mit langen poetischen Einstellungen die Odyssee seines Protagonisten von 1915 bis 1923. Zusammen mit der Musik ergibt das eine intensiv eindringliche, elegisch-kraftvolle Atmosphäre, die meditativen Charakter annimmt und in über zwei Stunden Laufzeit keine Länge entstehen lässt. Der Film ist dabei nicht beschönigend, was die Strapazen und grausigen Erlebnisse angeht, sodass er zum Teil schwer zu ertragende Sequenzen in Flüchtlingscamps und von Gewalt enthält.
"The Cut" ist ein besonderer Film, ganz anders als "Gegen die Wand" und "Auf der anderen Seite", die Akin als Teile 1 und 2 seiner Trilogie "Liebe, Tod und Teufel" versteht: Er ist ein Epos, ja- und ein klassischen Kino- und Filmerlebnis, im positiven Sinne "altmodisch", das einen am Ende ein wenig betäubt und um ein Vielfaches bereichert entlässt.
mit viel Einfühlungsvermögen, ohne zu polarisieren. Die Gestaltung mit Untertitel stört keineswegs, im Gegenteil der Klang der verschiedenen Sprachen zeigt die multiethnische Lage des osmanischen Reiches. Dieser Film lebt auch von unausgesprochenen Dialogen, und Andeutungen, so das er den Zuseher zum Nachdenken anregt, so er dies zulässt. Es ist mir schleierhaft wie man hier nur einen Stern abgeben kann.