From Terry George; the Director of Hotel Rwanda and In The Name of the Father comes this drama, set against the backdrop of WWII and the remaining Ottoman Empire. When Michael (Oscar Isaac), a brilliant medical student, meets Ana (Charlotte LeBon), their shared Armenian heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between Michael and Ana’s boyfriend Chris (Christian Bale), a famous American photojournalist, dedicated to exposing political truth.
Oscar Isaac delivers a terrific performance, demonstrating why he’s so quickly rose to fame, while Charlotte Le Bon showcases a lot of potential following on from Robert Zemeckis’s The Walk and The Hundred-Foot Journey. George’s use of colour matches the feelings of both protagonists, as well as the mood of the entire country; the vibrant and eye-catching perspective on Turkey we are shown at the beginning of the film is contrasted by the characters’ descent into a much darker and seemingly inescapable future. “A fresh perspective on a largely untold story, with a compelling love story to boot.”(Little White Lies)
A 60-s style epic with political intrigue. An important recognition of the history of the Armenian genocide.