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A film by Abdullah Oguz

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Based on the acclaimed novel by Zülfü Livaneli and set amidst Turkey’s natural wonders, Bliss is a riveting tale about love, honor, freedom and redemption.

When a 17-year-old girl, Meryem, is found unconscious and disheveled by the side of a lake, her family believes the worst – that her chastity has been lost. To uphold the family honor they turn to an ancient moral code that condemns Meryem to death. A distant cousin, Cemal, is ordered to carry out the task. Instead, Meryem and Cemal embark on a surprising journey across traditional and modern-day Turkey in this unforgettable film.

Featuring Talat Bulut, Özgü Namal and Murat Han.

WINNER! 12 Awards in Festivals Worldwide

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What the Critics are Saying

"Critic's Pick.. Breathtaking! Beautifully acted and visually intoxicating. A landmark of Turkish cinema." - The New York Times

"Daring and powerful! A riveting quietness... Mesmerizing to watch." - Los Angeles Times

"A lyrical, artful road film." - Chicago Sun-Times

"Critic's Pick! Gripping and supremely engaging." - New York Magazine

"Wonderful storytelling... Opulently photographed!" - Orlando Weekly

"Powerful and absorbing! A beautiful film." - New Orleans Times Picayune

"Marvelous. A must-see!" - Harvey Karten, Compuserve

"The highest degree of artistry: A feast for the eyes, ears and mind." - Deborah Young, KC Online

Recommended Reading

Bliss: A Novel by O.Z. Livaneli

Istanbul: Memories and the City by Orhan Pamuk

Living Islam: Women, Religion and the Politicization of Culture in Turkey by Ayse Saktanber


See details about this film's theatrical run

Interview with Bliss Director Abdullah Oguz, indieWIRE, 8/5/09

Stephen Holden's review, The New York Times, 8/7/09

Features and Specifications

Format: DVD
Release Year: 2007
Running Time: 105 minutes
Color: Color
Language:Turkish w/English subtitles

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