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Something Useful (2017)Something Useful (2017)

Something Useful (2017)

A thought-provoking drama on the difficult process of self-discovery through art

Drama

7.7

movie

France, Germany

Turkish

Tear-jerker, Touching

2018

Female director, Pelin Esmer

Ayşenil Şamlıoğlu, Başak Köklükaya, Berfu Öngören

107 min

Synopsis

Leyla, a lawyer and a poet, takes the long-distance train to attend her high school reunion dinner. On the train, she meets Canan, a young nursing student in distress. As the conversation develops, Leyla learns that Canan is travelling to assist with the suicide of a paralysed man, Yavuz, who wants to die. At the end of the long over- night trip, surrounded by the stories of people both on and off the train, Leyla decides to accompany Canan on her difficult visit.

Our Take

7.7
Sonia Botsarova

After neglecting previous invitations, Leyla, a lawyer and a poet, decides to take an overnight train to finally attend a school reunion. On the train, she meets Canan, a young nursing student who dreams of becoming an actress. The two of them form a unique connection that will lead them to an unusual journey. 

Something Useful is about how, when dealing with pain and disappointment, art—and especially poetry– can help by revealing the beauty behind everyday moments. It’s a wonderful film with beautiful photography and impressive performances. 

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