A curious, slightly flawed but affecting fictional drama based on a real-life incident in 1978, this film by director Bilge Olgac takes a critical look at Turkish marriages that are determined by economics and give little voice to women. Slow-motion sequences introduce a tragedy; women and children have gathered together to prepare for a wedding celebration when a gas tank explodes and all 97 of them are killed outright or burned to death. A television crew comes to record the aftermath and interviews the groom, now in mourning. As a result of their broadcast, a German woman offers to marry him and he agrees, excited at this possibility. None of the men in the village have any women to turn to at the moment, and things are pretty desperate. Some time goes by, and then a German film crew arrives with an imposter playing the role of the would-be German bride. Before their stay has ended, everyone suffers at their mockery of the village and its customs.
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