PAUSE IT: What do you see? A woman (Sibel Kekilli) lies supine atop a hospital bed. We are attuned to the fact that this is a moment of anguished contemplation. Beautifully composed through the room’s drapes, her dismayed expression is made clear to us. In this still from When We Leave (2010), director Feo Aladag stages the action as a frame within a frame. Often employed to emphasize a specific gesture or action, here the reveal takes on an added dramatic tension. Shot on a long lens at some remove from the actress, it is almost as if the camera (and thus the audience) is peering through the drapes to spy on its subject. This is a display of intimacy like only the cinema knows how. Our thrill is that, in a moment of crisis, we are being privy to what ordinarily would be a private moment.
When We Leave (2010)
Director: Feo Aladag
Cinematography by: Judith Kaufmann
Cast: Sibel Kekilli, Nizam Schiller, Derya Alabora
Available From Olive Films on DVD.
March 27, 2017