When We Leave
What would you sacrifice for your family’s love? Your values? Your freedom? Your life? German-born Umay flees her oppressive marriage in Istanbul, taking her young son Cem with her. She hopes to find a better life with her family in Berlin, but her unexpected arrival creates intense conflict. Her family is trapped in their conventions, torn between their love for her and the traditional values of their community. Ultimately they decide to return Cem to his father in Turkey. To keep her son, Umay is forced to move again. She finds the inner strength to build a new life for herself and Cem, but her need for her family’s love drives her to a series of ill-fated attempts at reconciliation. What Umay doesn’t realize is just how deep the wounds are have gone and how dangerous her struggle for self-determination has become.
When we Leave is one of those movies that you can kind of see coming but it’s very well done, you really care enormously about the people. The story is of a young I guess Turkish, it’s a little unclear, a woman whose husband is clearly abusive and she leaves him to go home to her family and what ensues. And again we’ve seen this kind of story before and we kind of know what’s going to happen but it’s still very well done. So not much for originality but it is completely engrossing and when you realize it’s taking the place in the year 2010 it’s really chilling. So I’ll give it four stars.