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(465) SIGN OF DOOMSDAY (2016) Turkish 'Rosemary's Baby'
(465) SIGN OF DOOMSDAY (2016) Turkish \'Rosemary\'s Baby\'


Original Turkish title ALAMET I KIYAMET [Sign of Doom]

director: Doga Can Anafarta
Büsra Çubukçuoglu · Funda Ersin · Murat Onuk · Dogus Gün Demir · Belgi Saygi


The year is 1999. A young woman named Elif moves into plush Apartment #72, a gift from her wealthy boyfriend. She soon notices that the apartment building is home to a wide variety of very strange people who all seem to be obsessed with Apocalyptic doomsday signs. A bit later, Elif learns that she has become pregnant. It causes a sensation of dread and depression. And everyone - including her boyfriend - begins acting even more oddly, as if they all know a secret being kept from her.

Even though filmmaker Anafarta claims this movie is based on a 'true' Turkish incident taking place in 1999, it's clearly lifted from Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby. The fact that this film has essentially the same plot - without acknowledging the original movie - is not particularly unusual in the history of Turkish cinema. In Turkey, early projects from the '70s often 'borrowed' plots and characters from International hits [from Star Wars to Batman]. For instance, in 3 DEV ADAM, it's Santo and Captain America against a villainous Spiderman. There's also a Turkish SUPERMAN, an Exorcist clone [SEYTAN] and even a ripoff of Sergio Martino's giallo STRANGE VICE OF MRS WARDH called SEX AND KILLING.

However, it must be noted that this observation is not meant as a criticism of Anafata's film. While the plot may not be totally original, the movie IS impressive. The visual effects [punctuated by an excellent music soundtrack] add a remarkable tension to the movie. As with many recent Turkish films (from SICCIN to MUSALLAT), Islamic elements are essential to the story. But this one also emphasizes cultural elements which - sometimes - are critical to the religious philosophy.



A Turkish film; widescreen, totally uncut version (88 min.), with optional ON/OFF English subtitles,
DVD encoded for WORLD FORMAT NTSC, playable on any American machine.
Extras include original theatrical trailer.


Graphic Violence/Sexual Themes/Drugs/Sexual Brutality:
For Mature Audiences

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