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(aka 'Milk')

Directed by Semih Kaplanoglu
Turkey 2008


In the second installment of director Semih Kaplanoglu's award-winning trilogy, recent high school graduate Yusuf is uncertain about his future in the provincial countryside. Writing poetry is his greatest passion and some of his poems are starting to be published in obscure literary journals. But for the time being, he continues working in his single mother's village milk business. Since her husband’s death, Yusuf's widowed mother has focused all her attention to her only child. Still a young and beautiful woman, she’s is having a discreet relationship with the town stationmaster. His mother's affair, and his being named unfit for military service due to a childhood illness, make Yusuf even more anxious about making the sudden jump toward manhood.


Theatrical Release: September 1st, 2008 - Venice Film Festival

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Distribution Olive Films - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:43:56 
Video 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.29 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s   

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Turkish (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English (burned-in)

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Studio: Olive Films

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1

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DVD Release Date: September 20th, 2011

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Chapters: 8


The three films of the Yusuf Trilogy, Yumutra (Egg), Sut (Milk) and Bal (Honey) as available from Olive Films.


Sut is the second film of the 'Yusuf Trilogy' which comprises, Yumutra (Egg), Sut (Milk) and Bal (Honey) as available on DVD from Olive Films. These are simple, touching humanist dramas. They focus on social and economic changes in the Anatolian provinces of Eastern Turkey dealing primarily with the dynamics of complex mother-son relationships through the protagonist.

My comments for Sut will be mirrored in Bal. This is a dual-layered, anamorphic transfer that looks quite strong for the SD format. Colors are bright and detail impressive. Contrast seems well rendered. Unfortunately, it is interlaced (see 'combing' in last capture) but is not readily noticeable even via an HD system viewing. Without abundant depth or brilliance that one could find in the newer format - this still gave me a decent presentation to appreciate the film.

Audio is clear and consistent and the burned-in subtitles seem well translated, but there are no extras at all on the region 1 NTSC disc.

I enjoyed Sut as an examination of maturity with a parallel of 'change' in the surrounding countryside. I would have liked to see the entire trilogy offered in one, more reasonably priced, boxset - but this remains a powerful piece of World Cinema. 

Gary W. Tooze


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