The Cut ★★★½

A very ambitious attempt to present the closing era of the Ottoman Empire and the Armenian genocide with the story of an Armenian man who is pressed into service and then journeys to find out what has happened to his family in the following years.

Akin has yet to make a bad film and brings his sensibilities of music, images, and pace to this rather simple tale of a man who goes to the ends of the earth to find his family. This works better as a fable rather than realist approach. There are truly harrowing moments as well as a melancholy that Tahar Rahim captures without speaking.