a man's fear of God

DVD - 2008 | Turkish
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"Muharrem lives a solitary existence, strictly adhering to the most severe Islamic doctrines. To his surprise, a religious leader hires him as a rent collector, where he is given Western-style suits, a cell phone and a car with a driver. Thrown suddenly into the modern world, the naïve Muharrem is exposed to temptations and hypocrisies, causing his fear of God to eat away at his senses and threaten his sanity" -- Container.
Publisher: Port Washington, NY : Koch Lorber Films, c2008
ISBN: 9781417201884
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (100 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Man's fear of God


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Dec 10, 2015

This is a deep movie - filled with the conflict one encounters when trying to pursue an abstract ideal in the real world, in this case, a religious ideal.

It also shows how, in Islamic society, the tenets of Islam permeate every aspect of life (and, not in the distorted way that we see represented in the Western media).

Superbly acted and cast - highly recommended.

Apr 26, 2015

A simple, poor, but devout Turkish Muslim is rewarded for these qualities with a big promotion. He is thrown from his simple life into the modern world where he has to make decisions balancing religion with the economic aspects of the modern world. His exposure to the larger world leads him into questions of charity, sexuality, corruption, and near insanity. Actually, just as he is sent into a crazy modern complex world with which he could not cope, so too I was sent into a world that was reminiscent of centuries past where I felt myself losing my bearings.


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