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Its subjects are Muzaffer Uslu and Rustu Onur, two aspiring provincial poets who both died young of tuberculosis.
The sort of glam costume fantasy in which any ordinary moment might be set against a spectacular landscape or sunset, this tale of youthful high spirits, friendship and variably requited love is pleasant eye-candy without the depth or edge to escape cliched conventionality.
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This long-gestating project for writer-helmer-thesp Yilmaz Erdogan (“Vizontele”), a poet himself, has singlehandedly “made” the reputations of its protagonists nearly 70 years after their deaths (collections of their hitherto obscure work hit the bestseller charts after the film was released in Egypt last year).
It’s hard to judge the poetry’s value in the brief excerpts recited here.
But in any case, “The Butterfly’s Dream” is a portrait of the artists in the old mode of “A Song to Remember” and such, their creative labor seeming mostly a matter of inspirational lightning strikes amid hardships that somehow manage to seem glamorous.
Other characters are solidly cast (Erdogan himself plays the boys’ mentor Behcet Necatigil, who, unlike them, would achieve fame as a poet within his lifetime), but not given much dimension in the screenplay.
Design contributions are invariably handsome, if occasionally bordering on the overripe, particularly Rahman Altin’s orchestral score. Film Review: ' The Butterfly's Dream' Reviewed at Seattle Film Festival, June 6, 2013. (Original title: "Kelebegin ruyasi") Production: (Turkey) A BKM presentation of a Mamutfilm production in association with Bocek Yapim. Camera (color, widescreen, HD), Gokhan Tiryaki; editors, Bora Goksingol, Cagri Turkkan; music, Rahman Altin; production designer, Kivanc Baruonu; art director, Hakan Yarkin; costume designer, Gulumser Gurtunca; sound mixer (Dolby Digital), Levent Intepe; sound designer, Burak Topalakci; re-recording mixers, Adam Daniel, Graham Daniel; casting, Rezzan Cankir.