A Reel Life film section
Issue: Autumn 2014
My Sweet Pepper Land (2013) movie review
Wild, Wild Asia
Into a lonely small border town rides the new sheriff, a war hero looking for a new challenge and a new life. On the way he meets the local schoolmarm, young, idealistic, attractive and single. Together they try, each in their own way, to bring civilisation to the remote area.
John Ford? Sergio Leone? Nope. Hiner Saleem writes and directs this fascinating revisioning of the classic Western. Baran (Korkmaz Arslan) is a Kurdish independence war hero, Govend (Golshifteh Farahani) is a single woman, beset by brothers who rejects an arranged marriage to teach, and Aga Azzi is the local powerbroker who traffics in illegal and phony medication, alcohol, drugs and weapons.
In this multi-layered story we can enjoy the overt Western tale of the lawman and his sidekick against the corruption in the town. We can also be fascinated by the resistance forces -- in this case all female, and the way that Govend shows quiet courage trying to do something as simple as teach. It is a story of good versus evil, modern morality against ancient powermongering, and the story of two people drawn together in their struggles.
Fascinating and highly enjoyable.
by Ali Kayn
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Just the facts:
Title: My Sweet Pepper Land (2013)
The Players: Korkmaz Arslan, Golshifteh Farahani, Tarik Akreyî, Suat Usta
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