Where the Dreams End…

The movies of Semih Kaplanoğlu that minimalism is wielded ascends up to the level of true art when they reach way beyond this technique. As he stated himself, he worked with a film technique that he defines as “metaphysical reality”. As for the symbolic meanings that are derived from realistic expressions constitute the metaphysical aspect of the movies.

We can see the metaphysical reality in the last movie of Semih Kaplanoğlu, “Grain” clearer. By “Grain”, the today’s reflections of the narrations like the legend of Yunus Emre-Tapduk Emre or the story of Khidr-Moses is examined. Cemil who tries to et rid of the modern delusions and genetic specialist Professor Erol Erin are in search of purity, innocence, and beyond these, a livable world over a genetically unmodified seed. Moreover, the relation between Cemil and Erol, the journey they began and the transformations they experienced have the sufistic meanings like the relation of sheikh-disciple. As if, Semih Kaplanoğlu ended his journey to past, childhood by “Yusuf Trilogy”, as to the movie “Grain”, he makes observations on today and the future.

In “Grain” which is deemed worthy of the Best Movie Award at the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival, the mood of a specific mentality of the period that we are passing through is pictured very well. The movie that sets in a near future presents a story based on the concern that the world is headed to annihilation. By starting from a problem that could cause the extinction of the humanity, “Grain” embarks on a mystical exploration about the existence of the humanity in the world.