The cast of Ataman's fifth feature includes the wonderful child actor Mert Tastan, as "Mert."
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Ibrahim and Ismail revisited in AnatoliaAfter years focusing on his visual arts career, Turkey's Kutlug Ataman has returned to feature filmmaking with a touching portrait of the pressures and hypocrisy of village life in northeastern Anatolia, where he grew up."Kuzu" (The Lamb) uses the occasion of the circumcision of a young boy, Mert, to explore relations in his desperately poor family, and how his parents behave under the weight of the social expectation to roast a lamb for a celebration feast.Mert's mother Medine is determined to find and serve a lamb to win the respect of the village.The terrified boy spends most of the film in flight, at one point cowering in the tandir – the pit oven in the ground where the lamb is traditionally roasted.
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