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HAIR

by Tayfun Pirselimoglu

synopsis

Hamdi, a wig seller in a run-down district in Istanbul, is desperately lonely. He’s addicted to cigarettes and spends his time, day and night, bored, in his store, which is also his home. His cancer means he has only a short time left to live, but he chain-smokes, staring out of his window at a woman in red, a prostitute standing on the pavement on the other side of the noisy road. Hamdi also believes he is shrinking and measures his height every day. He has no expectations: except perhaps of going somewhere far away before he dies. Brazil is the furthest place he can think of, a paradise with no pain. One day a strange thing happens: a woman, Meryem, comes to his store to sell her very long hair. Hamdi is stunned as he contemplates her. He cuts her hair as she hides her tears. Hamdi becomes obsessed, following her when she leaves the store and then everywhere she goes. As Meryem, married to a churlish man who washes corpses for a living, realises that Hamdi is pursuing her, the situation becomes ever more bizarre…

international title: Hair
original title: Saç
country: Turkey, Greece
year: 2010
genre: fiction
directed by: Tayfun Pirselimoglu
film run: 120'
screenplay: Tayfun Pirselimoglu
cast: Ayberk Pekcan, Nazan Kesal, Rıza Akın
cinematography by: Ercan Özkan
film editing: Erdinç Özyurt
art director: Natali Yeres
production: Zuzi film (TR)
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