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Poet Yusuf (35-38) returns to his childhood hometown, which he hadn’t visited for years, upon his mother’s death. He is faced with a neglected, crumbling house. Ayla, a young girl (17-19) awaits him there. Yusuf has been unaware of the existence of this distant relation who had been living with his mother for five years; He stays by his dead mother’s bedside for a while on the morning of his return. Ayla’s presence alleviates the emotions evoked by death to an extent. But how will Yusuf cope with the guilt that embraces him after the funeral? Will he manage to overcome it? The maternal household’s chattels, and everyday habits, the staid rhythm of the provinces and the spaces filled with ghosts&; The town he once had left to escape all this, re-enchants Yusuf. Yusuf finds out on the day he’s due to return to Istanbul that he is obliged to perform the sacrifice his mother had been prevented by death from fulfilling. Ayla pressures him. Yusuf and Ayla set off for the saint’s tomb, some three or four hours away, for the traditional sacrifice ceremony that his mother Zehra had pledged. Ayla is very excited about this, her first trip out of the small town. An accident is to force Yusuf to confront all that he had been trying to evade. Unable to locate the herd amongst which the sacrificial animal was to be selected, they have to spend the night in a hotel by the crater lake. While the falling snow blankets guilt, they are no longer heading back to that old town.

Also Known As: Jaje, Muna, Yumurta, Huevo, Oul, Яйцо, Яйце, Jumurta, Vejce Czech, Egg, Avgo, Ei, A tojás, Αυγό, Jajko

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  • natalia-papageorgiou
    natalia papageorgiou

    it is of course a bit boring because it is a psychedelic kind of film and it is so contemporary..nowadays these kinda movies are a lot, not in Turkey but in everywhere around Europe.. I hate psychedelic movies and cant even watch but this movie had something and it kept me going. Cinematography was good for an independent film. İt was a very low budget film so I think before making any comment , should consider these kinda points. Shouldn’t have a point of view before watching the other 2 movies which complete yumurta ,as a series movies I thing the other ones will be so much more meaningful because this one was about death..the darkest theme the darkest topic. one of the other ones topic is birth so..

  • melissa-greene
    melissa greene

    I watched the movie a couple days ago with my family. After seeing several good Turkish movies I really expected something good, but this movie was a huge disappointment. The movie starts with a woman walking till the woman is out of sight. This scene takes almost 3 minutes and you already start to get bored. The whole movie is like this one scene. No story, no highlights, no hidden messages, no meaning. I watched the movie till the end, because I always watch movies till the end and I hoped that something is going to happen, but nothing came… I can’t believe why this movie is got so many awards. Don’t waste your time with this movie. I wish I had played scrabble with my family that evening. At least I would have the chance to learn one or two more words….

  • univ-prof-josephine-schultz
    univ prof josephine schultz

    Yusuf was selling old books in a city. He learned that his mother living in a small town was dead and he returned to his hometown to join the funeral. After the funeral he was planning to return city but with unexpected events, he stayed in the village 2 days more.Scenorio is boring and suffering from lack of communications. Cinematography (composition-light-sountrack) is not successful. I watched the film till end, for the sake of my movie love.I couldn’t realize the reasons that juries gave the national and international awards to this film.In summary there very successful films from Turkey, gaining awards all over the world and are really joyful.

  • thomas-lawrence
    thomas lawrence

    Being a film school graduate sometimes blinds my perception. i try to shut the negative part of my brain. but if the first 10 minutes is empty i start catching the bad. Even though the opening scene was a hint of a bad movie I forced my self to finish Yumurta. the second scene in the bookshop was a mystery. i guess there was a story. but the long shots are so boring you get disconected. i read the synopsis after watching it. Even then the movie didn’t make any sense. you cant expect us to understand you story if you don’t tell it. It looked like there was no script just minutes of still photos. So, don’t waste your time with this one. Don’t let the awards trick you. This is part of a trilogy. the next one is Sut (Milk). i haven’t seen it yet but i heard it tops this one.

  • ashley-graham
    ashley graham

    I liked Semih Kaplanoglu’s last film “Melegin Dususu” which had a really great performance by Tulin Ozen. However, his latest film “Yumurta” goes absolutely nowhere.Nejat Isler is a very charismatic actor who can command the screen as we have seen in “Barda”, but in this film he is given little to do other than stare into space. There is very little dialog and even that is stilted and boring. This can’t hold a candle to the greatness of last year’s Golden Orange winner “Kader”. There are few redeeming qualities about the film, namely the cinematography and soundtrack. Otherwise this is a real letdown.

  • biriukov-kharlampii-borisovich
    biriukov kharlampii borisovich

    the movie has just won the best film award in Golden Orange festival, and i was able to watch the movie in the festival.the story is a simple one. we see a man living in a big city and somehow isolated a bit from the small hometown and the people living there. One of the people is his mother.One day his mother dies and the man returns to hometown for funeral. There he meets with the girl who was taking care of his mum.The man who don t care about life, who do not cry, discharges with a funny coincidence.With stable and wide frames, long sequences and clever jokes, this movie deserves watching.

  • charles-hall
    charles hall

    The problem with Egg is not that it is rotten. It is not. It is just that it does not feel organic. The director’s own admission that he is interested in film-making as an exercise in philosophy is evident in every scene. However, those that need a lesson in elementary existentialism will be bored by the film and those that would not mind a bit of thinking for thinking’s sake will be bored by it, too – for different reasons. The lonely poet that left his roots but couldn’t grow new ones goes back home because mom dies… Then, he looks at the young woman that never left and smiles to himself knowingly. Then, he looks at the confused young man that looks at the same young woman and he smiles to himself knowingly, again… Then he faints, then he is stopped by a big dog from leaving the village and then… Nothing. See, it is all about the post-Sartre, tainted with Camus but no need for violence thingy. The universe, like, has no innate meaning other than the one we give to it – like, egg, get it? When I grow up, I will become a nihilist, but for now I believe in nothing much… It is still watchable. For one thing, it has Nejat Isler, the actor that is fast proving himself as one of the best thespians of his generation in Turkey. In the flawed but much more meaningful film, Barda, he was a mesmerising presence, doing a lot with some that was written for him. Here, he does a lot with nothing. The issue is that doing a lot with nothing still comes to nothing. We feel for him when he cries, but also feel like slapping him in the face: Get over it, buddy, this wasn’t all that interesting even when Antonioni made Marcello do it… My two pennies for the director – you got the cinematography right, you got the actors under control, sound is above average… How about some story for the next one?

  • william-lane
    william lane

    It’s interesting to read comments made on YUMURTA (EGG) in isolation from the other two films in the trilogy, SÜT (2009) and BAL (2010). Although the first-released of the three, YUMURTA is temporally the last, telling of the adolescent Yusuf (Nejat İsler), who has been reduced to becoming a secondhand bookseller in İstanbul. Whereas once he had a promising career as a writer (alluded to in SÜT and referred to again in YUMURTA), he has neither enjoyed the luck nor the inspiration to pursue his chosen career. Hence he becomes vicariously involved with literature by purveying it.Yusuf’s life receives a sudden jolt when he learns of the death of his mother Zehra (Semra Kaplanoğlu). He returns to his childhood home of Tire in the west of Turkey, and experiences ambivalent feelings about the return. In the past he had always vowed to leave, but once he encounters Ayla (Saadet Aksoy), the teenage daughter of his uncle, Yusuf begins to feel more ambivalent about himself and his position in life. The ending represents a complete volte-face from the beginning; Yusuf might not necessarily be happy in the future, but he has acted according to his inclinations, something that he had abandoned during his move to İstanbul.Kaplanoğlu’s film incorporates several striking images, notably the sight of Zehra moving towards and away from a static camera, suggesting an engagement with and a deliberate flight from life. There are frequent shots where the protagonists are viewed as specks on the vast rural landscape, drawing our attention to their insignificance in the overall scheme of things. If this is the case, then we should try to make the best of what we have, rather than trying to pursue unfocused dreams.YUMURTA also makes a lot of rituals and their significance: despite his obvious squeamishness, Yusuf has to observe Zehra’s dying wish of sacrificing a ram to God, if only to acknowledge the extent of divine power. The egg is also important: when Yusuf cracks one open early on in the film, nature reacts in an unexpected way. However, once he has learned to come to terms with his world, he understands the connection between the egg and life; it is something to be treasured, not broken.Beautifully photographed and structured with a deep connection to the environment, YUMURTA offers a satisfying and powerful coda to Kaplanoğlu’s trilogy.

  • brendan-thornton
    brendan thornton

    Egg is one of those films which can be called either boring or meditative, depending on which end of the spectrum you are at. The first scene itself should separate these two disparate groups. A woman walks past a murky landscape in towards the camera and then walks out. It is a terribly slow scene. As the film moves forward you get a clearer understanding of that scene and it appears as a very important part of the experience.The story follows a man who returns to his village after his mother dies. He has been so long away that he doesn’t know the girl who looked after his mother. He is eager to get away from the village and its many associated memories. He wants to keep his distance, but cannot. This is a very poignant little film. Depending on the sort of viewer it has, it demands varying levels of patience.