When a celebration turns sour, a new freedom is discovered as jilted lover Leyla (Goknur Danishik) is taken on a journey and finally discovers who she really is.
Brought to you by Turkish director Tofiq Rzayev and Angry Student Films, In a Time for Sleep is a powerful short focusing on the discovery of self and the hard-hitting events that can lead to self-discovery. In a Time for Sleep is well directed feature, delivering gorgeous shots of the Turkish coast and beautiful editing with smooth and effective transitions. There’s no doubt that Rzayev has put his heart and soul into this film and the subject matter is something close to his heart, but, still, this short lacks a sense of oomph and deliverance. It’s hard to distinguish exactly where the short falls down, but it’s quality surprisingly freefalls toward the end and I was left unsure as to what the self-discovery, which clearly happens, actually was. I knew it happened, I saw it happen, but I had no idea what exactly was realised and that left me puzzled. With exciting build up, a mysterious entrant (Elif Barut) In a Time for Sleep had everything going it’s way, but seem to lose it very quickly. I also found it hard to believe anyone could fall in love with the villain of this piece Arda (Mehmet Fatih Guven), credit goes to Guven for creating such a miserable character, but the motivation and interest of two female characters was…hard to imagine.
Perhaps I just didn’t understand thew motivation, and perhaps I can’t, as pampered as I am. Either way Rzayev and his whole production team have created something worthwhile here. In a Time for Sleep for it’s 15 minutes is worth a watch. I’m excited to see the next production from this team and interested in their future growth. I wouldn’t call this the final product, but I’m hopeful of a lot more in the future!
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