Sour Apples


Thursday, Nov. 9 at 9:15pm
Friday, Nov. 10 at 12:30pm
Plaza Frontenac Cinema
Plaza Frontenac Cinema

In “Sour Apples,” Mayor Aziz Özay (director Yilmaz Erdogan) and wife Ayda (Devrim Yakut) have a trio of beautiful daughters: Muazzez (Farah Zeynep Abdullah), Türkan (Songül Öden), and Safiye (Sükran Oval). In a 1990s-set framing sequence in the town of Antalya, 40-year-old Muazzez helps care for her Alzheimer’s-afflicted father, often taking him to the neighborhood park to chat with the regulars. At a religious meeting she attends in her neighborhood, Muazzez is alarmed to hear that two terrifying angels will question the dead when they expire, sending to Hell all those who fail to answer accurately. Anxious about her father’s weakening memory — he absolutely must remember who he is to avoid damnation — Muazzez recounts to him the story of the Özay clan, beginning in a magnificent apple orchard in Hakkari and following the family’s fortunes on their three-decade journey to Antalya. A visual feast of colorful costumes and gorgeous locations, “Sour Apples” will coax both laughs and tears — often at the same time.

114 min.

Directed by

Yilmaz Erdogan

Film Category

International Spotlight Middle Eastern Focus