The drama “A Common Lady” depicts the true story of Hatun Surucu — identified to her mates as Aynur — a German girl of Turkish-Kurdish descent who was shot and killed by her brother in 2005. (The brother who pulled the set off pleaded responsible in German courts, whereas two totally different brothers had been just lately acquitted of the crime, a so-called honor killing that made worldwide information and impressed an earlier 2011 movie.)
This model, an exhausting train in condescension, jarringly begins with information footage from the precise homicide scene. With a lifeless physique on the bottom, the fictionalized voice-over begins: Aynur (Almila Bagriacik) narrates from past the grave as actors painting actual occasions, from Aynur’s marriage to a cousin in Istanbul to her alternative to go away the household dwelling dominated by her brothers in favor of the life, garments and companions of her selecting. It ends with the trial that noticed her brothers prosecuted for homicide.
To indicate how Aynur’s break from her household led to her dying, the film jumps between actuality and fiction, utilizing home-video footage of the true Aynur that was taken by her mates. However the German-American director Sherry Hormann fails to create a fictional interior life that may dwell as much as the vivacious girl in these photographs. The video footage exhibits spontaneous, unimportant moments, but within the dramatized model, Hormann has a stultifying tendency to zero in on photographs that fulfill a Western interpretation of feminism. In a single notably egregious scene, Aynur questions why she should put on a head masking. Digital music performs as she removes her hijab in gradual movement. Her hair billows round her shoulders, purportedly liberated.
The film usually fixates on appearances on this method; it lingers on photographs of ladies in hijabs who stare judgmentally as she boards the bus and pauses for freeze frames of Aynur embracing her white German boyfriend. These photographs add a layer of cultural contempt to an already violent story, producing a movie that feels exploitative, not enlightened.
A Common Lady
Not rated. In Turkish and German, with subtitles. Operating time: 1 hour 30 minutes. Watch via virtual cinemas.