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The Bandit

Released from prison, an aging bandit from the eastern hills of Turkey travels to Istanbul in search of his old lover and the man who sent him to prison in order to marry her. In the city the bandit bonds with a young street punk who?s also trapped in a life of crime and clinging to an outdated code of honor, and writer-director Yavuz Turgul deftly parallels the craggy terrain of the hill country with the urban jungle of Istanbul. This 1996 feature wears the sleek cloak of an entertaining action thriller, filled with drug deals and paybacks, yet it?s essentially a tale of chivalry: the tenderness between the bandit (Sener Sen in a subtle, intelligent performance) and his lover (Sermin Sen) transcends age and separation, and the old thief?s deep affection for the young punk (Ugur Yucel) ends in the noblest sort of sacrifice.

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