We are starting a new series in our blog: Filmed in Turkey. In these set of blog posts, we will be talking about Turkish-influenced movies, whether they are filmed fully in Turkey with all Turkish actors and actresses, or just have some sort of Turkish flavor in it.
Yavuz Turgul’s Av Mevsimi (Hunting Season) is a crime-drama movie, a genre that has recently become popular in Turkey with the hit TV-series Behzat Ç. Bir Ankara Polisiyesi. The high-profile cast raises the expectations really high: Şener Şen, one of the most well-known actors in Turkey, and Cem Yılmaz, Turkey’s most reputed stand-up comedian, play detectives in a homicide case and are assisted by Okan Yalabık, who is famous for his role as Pargalı İbrahim Paşa in Muhteşem Yüzyıl (Magnificent Century). The trio traces the clues that take them to a drug dealer, and then to a powerful businessman (played by Çetin Tekindor, who stole lots of hearts with his performance in Babam ve Oğlum).
The story, Turgul’s own work, is well-written; there isn’t any discontinuities in the plot. The final cut doesn’t contain extensive redundant or irrelevant scenes, although some of the conversations between Tekindor’s and Şen’s characters could have been omitted. There is a twist towards the end that, fortunately, isn’t very obvious; so it might come as a surprise to some viewers. The few action scenes are not meant to be impressive, and they lack the energy of action movies in Hollywood; however, they blend in well with the rest of the slow-paced movie.
The strongest part of the movie is acting. Şener Şen, being the master of all sorts of characters in his some 40 years of acting, does not disappoint. Cem Yılmaz once again proves he can handle serious roles just like he did in Hokkabaz. As a backdrop of the main story line, Yılmaz’ character has to deal with emotional problems, and the audience can easily relate to him as he suffers going through a divorce.
Turgul worked with Şener Şen in many other projects including Gönül Yarası and Eşkıya (one of the best Turkish movies without any doubt). This movie is not the best cooperation they had; but crime being a new genre in the Turkish film industry, Av Mevsimi is definitely worth watching. Why don’t you start with enjoying the trailer: