Burning Days

2022 [TURKISH]

Drama / Thriller

19
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 83% · 6 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 71%
IMDb Rating 7.5/10 10 12471 12.5K

Director

Top cast

Ekin Koç as Murat
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1.18 GB
1280*538
Turkish 2.0
NR
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24 fps
2 hr 10 min
Seeds 12
2.41 GB
1920*806
Turkish 5.1
NR
Subtitles us  tr  ru  bg  cz  hr  fr  hu  mk  pl  ro  sl  sr  
24 fps
2 hr 10 min
Seeds 17
1.17 GB
1280*536
Turkish 2.0
NR
Subtitles us  tr  ru  bg  cz  hr  fr  hu  mk  pl  ro  sl  sr  
24 fps
2 hr 10 min
Seeds 14
2.41 GB
1920*804
Turkish 5.1
NR
Subtitles us  tr  ru  bg  cz  hr  fr  hu  mk  pl  ro  sl  sr  
24 fps
2 hr 10 min
Seeds 13

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by bardavidi 8 / 10

Top notch New Turkish Cinema

Turkiye doesn't shy away from social dramas, but it so rarley and bravely decide to delve in such an explicit way when discussing explosive topics such as homophobia, sexism, xenophobia and corruption.

The cinematography is beautiful, giving enough time to explore the confining atmosphere closing in on Emre. Also, the utelizing of water throughout was done in such a clever way - not only with the intention of allegorical, but also as an agent of action driving the characters to act. It also has some bureaucracy absurdism which lightens the mood, right before thing get serious.

The acting is great and well casted, especially the actor playing Emre really knows how to pace himself emotionally, without falling once into an exaggerated dramatic scene. Turkiye's young generation of actors are gaining a name for themselves and their craft.

Reviewed by olcare 8 / 10

After a long time, a good Turkish film open to criticism

After a long time, this was truly the highest quality film I've watched, and it's a film that comes from my country. Despite its flaws, I am satisfied with and support this film because it provides a great example of how references are made and how the overall atmosphere is criticized.

First and foremost, this film can be described as a strong critique. It presents a very transparent example of how society is deceived and positions are shared among a few individuals. It also provides a great example of how a political situation can be dramatized to win an election. Additionally, it critiques the situation of each character, which I believe is very important and valuable. In my opinion, if we criticize things rather than presenting them in a straightforward manner, that's when we truly evolve.

It is commendable that the characters secretly harbor emotions towards each other in terms of their relationships, without explicitly revealing anything. Whether anyone noticed it or not, moments like Zeynep making a move on Emre during a dinner or the details highlighting the repetition of Murat's past, which the main character fails to see, are very precious to me.

The music is fantastic, absolutely amazing. The cinematography is excellent, magnificent. I congratulate Christos Karamanis for his outstanding work in cinematography. I also congratulate director Emin Alper for his efforts and for writing a good screenplay. I won't go into detail about the performances, but Selahattin Pasali was superb, he shone.

I mentioned it in the earlier paragraphs, but I will reiterate. This film shows us how some characters, especially Sahin and Kemal, can be much better than they deserve and how their lives can be manipulated by others. Societally, politically, judicially, and culturally, society regresses due to these buddy-buddy relationships, and this film openly exposes that. In doing so, it creates an extraordinary atmosphere that goes beyond criticism and drama and becomes an excellent thriller.

As for its flaws, I can point out that the ending could have been more interpretable and impactful. However, it still leaves room for interpretation, and that makes me happy. But I believe it's not exactly at the desired level. Additionally, the slightly overlooked and unexplained character backgrounds surprised me. If another ten to fifteen minutes were added, embellished with small flashbacks, the film would have been a 10/10 for me, but unfortunately, these details are missing.

In short, despite some minor shortcomings and an ending that didn't fully meet my expectations (although I appreciate the room for interpretation), this film is technically, in terms of acting, in terms of being critical and delivering it in the right tone, and in terms of being chilling and evoking emotions, a very good film. It deserves more than its rating.

Reviewed by brentsbulletinboard 6 / 10

Loses Its Way, Unfortunately

When an idealistic young prosecutor is assigned to a rural Turkish community to try a criminal case involving serious allegations involving a major infrastructure project, he quickly finds himself in over his head. Circumstances soon place him in a thorny situation where his credibility, objectivity, reputation and personal integrity are all put at risk, jeopardizing not only his handling of the case, but also his career and future. Unfortunately, as generally compelling as the narrative is at the outset, writer-director Emin Alper's overlong saga becomes a little too convoluted for its own good. One can't help but ask, is it a political film? A thriller? A crime story? A crisis of conscience? The film plays like it tries to incorporate some of all of these qualities in an attempt to tell a story that throws curves at viewers to keep them guessing. But the picture seems to lose its way in doing so, not quite sure how to wrap things up, especially when the supposedly astute big city prosecutor comes across as unbelievably naïve and clueless. These failings regrettably undercut the production's fine performances and superb cinematography, qualities that could have helped to make this release a better offering had they been backed by a better story and script. Indeed, in the end, it's the audience that gets burned by this one.

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