September October

Director Uğur Yücel Turkey 2004

102 Min., OV with English subs


Toss-up handles a phenomenon that has never been examined in Turkey, neither in cinema nor in literature: post-war syndrome. The film follows the traumatic lives of Devil Rıdvan, who lost his right leg during the conflict in the Kurdish region and is back to his hometown Göreme, and Ghost Cevher, made deaf in one ear and who is back in Istanbul. Mirroring a frequent theme of anti-war films made in America following Vietnam, Toss-up also takes post-war syndrome as its subject. Yet the film presents a war which is seemingly endless, showing how the Turkish-Kurdish issue turns into ongoing violence in the Kurdish region.

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