Stuck Apart (Azizler) (2021) Review

A strange little Turkish comedy by Netflix, that suffered from a dull premise and a script with little humour or feeling to it.

Certificate: 15

Director: Durul Taylan, Yagmur Taylan

Screenwriter: Durul Taylan, Yagmur Taylan

Starring: Engin Günaydin, Haluk Bilginer, Binnur Kaya

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Runtime: 96 Minutes

Language: Turkish

Rating: 2 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

Heading towards his middle ages, Aziz is not content with his life. He doesn’t like his job, which he works in for years.  He cannot find peace at home either, since his sister and her family start living in his house after his brother-in-law goes broke.  Deep inside, Aziz feels that his relationship with his girlfriend Burcu has come to an end after four years. Aziz wants to be free. Eventually, an opportunity arises for him. However, Aziz has to tell a mean lie and keep up the act. Aziz can’t miss this chance. The consequences he has to bear change his life utterly, in a way that he never asks for. – From IMDB

Anyone who has ever known anyone go through a midlife crisis will know that while you genuinely feel bad for their suffering, and you wish them to get well, there is nothing you want to hear less for two hours than the details of their personal existential crisis.  And apparently the same goes for a film. Mid-life crises make for a rather dull topic, resulting in a rather dull film.

This film is billed as a comedy, and while there definitely are funny moments in it, the script feels lifeless and awkward, so I found very little humour in what was happening.  Aziz’s psychotic little nephew was probably the funniest thing in the whole film, and their interactions where good for a chuckle.  But the discussion that happens around the kids mental health and his therapy is a long way from funny and is a little harmful and offensive.

Erbil, one of Aziz’s co-workers has a side story going on as well that isn’t really tied in with the main plot at all until the very end.  This plotline was anything but funny and tracks Erbil as he is still grieving from the loss of his wife, a struggle with his health and suicidal thoughts due to his unhappiness.  This was the most well developed story and the one I probably cared about the most.  Haluk Bilginer who plays Erbil probably gives the standout performance of the film and so it probably why this was the standout plotline for the film.

For such a short film, it’s dull, uninteresting and lacks heart.  I would skip this one if I was you.

‘Stuck Apart’ is streaming now on Netflix.

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