Based on the internationally acclaimed novel by Zülfü Livaneli and set against the backdrop of Turkey’s natural wonders, Bliss is an eye-opening story about the taboo subject of honor killings.
When 17-year-old Meryem is found disheveled and unconscious by the side of a lake in the countryside, her family believes the worst – that her chastity has been lost. They turn to the ancient principle of “tore,” a strict moral code that condemns Meryem to death. The duty of upholding the family’s honor falls upon a distant cousin, Cemal, who has just completed a brutal tour in the military. Together they embark on a surprising journey across traditional and modern-day Turkey in this unforgettable film.
“Traditional and modern mores in contemporary Turkey cross paths in the strikingly lensed Bliss, an upscale drama with shades of Knife in the Water.” –Derek Elley, Variety
“A film of beauty, challenge, emotion, tradition and truth; every image in the film is gorgeous. The film is among the most impressive I have ever seen: it is moving, its memory lingers.” - Daniel Garret, Offscreen