Cüneyt, Bahar (Murat Kilic and Sebnem Bozoklu) and an infant in a scene from Mehmet Can Mertoglu's 'Album," which is enjoying a world premiere at Cannes' Semaine de la Critique.Photo courtesy of Cannes' Semaine de la Critique
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There is an almost unbearable moment early in the biting Turkish black comedy "Album" when a childless couple visits an orphanage to choose a baby to adopt."A Kurd I'd say," the other replies.The couple make their excuses and leave. They are "totally typical" of modern Turkey under the increasingly heavy hand of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has urged all Turkish women to have at least three children.Couples are under huge pressure from their employers and families to have children, not just the government, the first-time director said. In the film, Bahar and Cuneyt compile a fake family photo album of the pregnancy with the help of family and friends.The film also gently skewers the crushing dullness of provincial life, which 27-year-old Mertoglu knows well, having been brought up in the small western Anatolian city of Akhisar.
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