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A man runs out of the wilderness, snowblind and terrified. A child floats in the river, face down. The thunder of artillery fire echoes from the hills. The opening of Turkish director Reha Erdem’s latest film is astonishing, unsettling and deeply strange – and ‘Kosmos’ continues in much the same vein. Where Erdem’s ‘Times and Winds’ (2006) was a lyrical but relatively straightforward rites-of-passage tale, ‘Kosmos’ is far more experimental: overlong and often perplexing, but intriguingly so. The central story thread concerns a stranger (Yermet Kesil) who may be a prophet, a psychopath or even a god. Around him are ranged a dizzying array of supporting characters and side-plots, from a crashing satellite to a brewing border war. ‘Kosmos’ is not an easy film – two hours is a long time for something this restless and unforgiving – but it is fascinating, studded with moments of exhilarating beauty and remarkable, unexpected power. 

By: Tom Huddleston


Release details

Rated: 12A
Release date: Friday June 15 2012
Duration: 122 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Reha Erdem
Screenwriter: Reha Erdem
Cast: Sermet Yesil
Türkü Turan
Serkan Keskin

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This is a weird film. It isn't what you expect, the main character seems to go from one person to the next and heals them, maybe or maybe not! He may be making them worse or may be doing nothing at all, who knows? Ok, the bit that stuck with me, and I just knew it was coming, was the pain in the cow's eye as it was being ritually slaughtered, you could see the pain in close-up, so no-one tell me that ritual slaughter doesn't hurt, barbaric! I am not sure what the director was trying to convey in that scene, was it sympathy for the cows or something else, again, who knows? It has left me feeling anger for our system allowing ritual slaughter to be legal in this country for the sake of medieval religious dogma.