Bride, The

Young Meryem, her husband and their little boy move to Istanbul to live with the in-laws. It’s tense. Her husband’s domineering father, Haci, has invested the family’s meagre fortune into a grocery store in the ghetto. Desperate to expand the business, Haci takes out hefty loans and scrapes together enough money to buy a space in the city centre. At the same time, Meryem’s child falls seriously ill and requires a costly surgery.

When Haci hesitates to help by offering the money earmarked for the business, Meryem bravely takes matters into her own hands. The Bride, shot almost entirely with a fixed camera, takes on a documentary feel as director Omer Lutfi Akad deftly maintains the emotional weight of this gripping and dramatic story.