Regular Woman

Effective, if oppressively somber.


A Regular Woman

Based on the tragic “honor killing” of Hatun Aynur Sürücü in 2005, the film A REGULAR WOMAN portrays a glimpse of life for a free spirited young woman living with an ultra-conservative Turkish Muslim family in Berlin. After escaping a forced marriage in Turkey with her abusive cousin, Hatun provokes the ire of her family by embracing a westernized lifestyle. After enduring endless harassment, she finally leaves the family and attempts to survive alone with her child, with whom she had escaped Turkey while pregnant. The threats and harassment continue, with German authorities willing to do nothing unless a physical act of harm takes place. This soon materializes as the family decides to task Hatun’s youngest brother with a deed that would end the family’s “shame,” and thrust the horrific practice of honor killings into the national spotlight.
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Sherry Hormann
Florian Oeller
Keith Uhlich

No great movie, even if dealing with bleak subject matter, is depressing. It's an ineffable quality — a grim story (Robert Bresson's L'Argent, Claire Denis's Bastards and Steven Spielberg's Munich come immediately to this writer's mind) that leaves a viewer oddly elated. For all its scrupulousness ...

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