Honey is the story of Yusuf, an incredibly shy young boy and the intimate relationship he shares with his father, Yakup. An only child, Yusuf is a loner in school and struggles to form relationships with his classmates. HIs solace lies with his father, a honey farmer, who collects from the bees in the forest. One day his father must travel to the far reaches ofthe forest, because of a bee shortage, but when he doesn't return, Yusuf begins to fear the worst. 'Bal' is a beautifully tender film that perfectly captures the perspective of it's young, main protagonist. The story is incredibly simple, and through this simplicity the film uses striking cinematography and small moments to capture the loneliness this young boy feels int he absence of his father. One scene of beauty occurs when Yusuf whispers a dream he had into his father's ear, so they alone can share this secret between themselves. Some would call this a slowly paced film, and it is, but I would call it a very naturalistic look into life and the nature of the universe. Before his father goes missing, the film has a very minimal sense of dread that is set up through small close encounters, almost if Kaplanoglu is making a statement about fate and the nature of our world, slowly hinting at what is to come. Kaplanoglu's film is very minimalistc and lets "nature do the talking" in this story of a boy, and family's fate. Oh, and per usual for Kaplangolu, the ending is insanely poignant.
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