I am universal films lover. I am not one of those Malaysians who are ‘self-professed’ as “non-Malay-movies-fan” and other snobbish antiques (which I am pretty sure purposely fleshed out just to show some ‘elitism prowess’). I appreciate all genres in all languages as long as the movies are nice. AND, knowing the good track record of which Red Films have with its “Gol & Gincu” and also “Istanbul, Aku Datang” of which I did a review on the latter (at https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2012/12/14/a-malay-movie-review-istanbul-aku-datang-istanbul-here-i-come/); I was quite enticed to see the new flick the company has on its sleeves with the join-venture with Global Station Sdn. Bhd (owned by Siti Nurhaliza’s sister-in-laws if I am not mistaken) which is “Manisnya Cinta Di Cappadoccia” or loosely translated as Sweet Love At Cappadoccia!
The film poster.
So naturally, I managed to persuade the combat-and-action film aficionado to just obey my selection of ride. Hahaha! I heard that it is based on a novel but I am not into that kind of novel genres so I don’t really know; but overall, I think that it was a light and entertaining movie although there are some loopholes here and there.
The narration of the story was somewhat frail and weak. Out of nowhere, the protagonist’s love interest, Nazmi just popped out and we didn’t know anything about his background or his affiliation with the girl he was together with at the beginning of the movie, etc. And some parts were illogical because suddenly Nazmi appeared at Turkey although he was self-proclaimed as a “bus driver” but yet he managed to fly there just to tail Ifti (protagonist, played by Fazura) and managed a candlelight dinner with a beautiful sunset landscape to sum up their last night at Cappadoccia? But of course, fans would probably said – “because I don’t read the book”; which a retaliation I will uphold high if someone were to say about “Harry Potter” films or “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” and its successors (REFER to : https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2012/10/03/vendetta-for-femina-justice-against-sexual-sadism-the-girl-with-the-dragon-tattoo-by-stieg-larsson/); but that is my personal opinion. So… (,”)
But I always admire Bernard Chauly’s movies because the cinematography is so artistic! And the production always boasts with its creative wardrobes which valiantly playing with striking colours as well as ‘avant-garde’ kinda design – which is a far cry from the ubiquitous fashions worn by our Malaysian actors and actress in our films! The musical numbers were aptly embroidered and they are well-tailored with the scenes. But, I have to say that the heart-wrenching scene of Eja as Kak Aida, Ifti’s sister was absolutely the zenith of all scenes in the film. Although Eja just appeared in few scenes, she managed to translate the anxiety and frailty of Aida, who was suffering from breast cancer and her husband, Bakhtiar decided to wed another woman because he found that Aida was ‘insufficient to fill his need as a wife’. The scene where Aida was about to exhale was absolutely melancholic (the whole cinema was QUIET!!!!!) and the icing of the cake were the sad emotions portrayed by Eja as Aida and of course, the legendary Ogy Ahmad Daud as their mother (who, no doubt is a legend when it comes to tears-jerking scenes!). Bravo to them!
Ifti Liyana in one of her Ally McBeal’s dreams – being forced to marry!
Fazura is absolutely adorable on facade as Ifti Liyana; an obedient girl who is torn between filial piety & her own free wills; but I like the scene where she was vehemently in tears when she thought Nazmi was cheating on her. Fazura should be given more scenes like that in order to flesh out her true ability as an actress.
I also love the creativity of the director or script writer to insert the ‘imagination scenes’ ala Ally McBeal which are so hilarious but so true! I mean, we all do that spontaneously, isn’t it? We all speak inside our minds and hearts but often they contradict to what we portray outside, right? And on top of that, I like the feminism & Islamic essences in the movie. For the former, we know that Red Films always serves us with that kind of movies and it is a good soul-searching therapy for those who lack self-confidence; for the latter, I like the dogma accentuation where Ifti always prays and turn to God for solace and that kind of approach is quite a new one for Red Films which is famously known for the bravado of producing ‘out-of-taboo’ contents and I have to say it is a good element for our market, here.
On whole, I love the film! It is not an ‘artsy masterpiece’ of course but it is a light, entertaining and fun film and with the breathtaking views of Turkey and Cappadoccia, it just makes me more eager to plan a trip there as soon as possible!!!! Hahaha! Alright, let my upcoming UK trip next week goes smoothly first (May ALLAH SWT bless my journey, Amin! I am quite nervous as this will be my first journey abroad ALONE; usually with entourage or family; and also with the recent airlines’ fiasco; but Insya ALLAH! Amin!!!); we’ll manage the Cappadoccia later, no? Hahaha!
Hot balloons in Cappadoccia! I wanna go there!!!! Who knows; next year? Next two years? LOL! Amin!
Go watch the film! Seeing Cappadoccia on silver screen was all worthy!