Heartsong (Gonul) is a Turkish musical drama that was released on Netflix on the 10th August with a duration of about 95 minutes. It's fueled with romance and an array of drama that pans a couple fighting with orthodox behaviour by the heroines family.
Netflix describes the film as:
A gypsy singer falls in love with a bride to be. An age-old premise with a reassuring sense of love, sadness, and sadness.
-The Heartsong Review Doesn't Include Spoilers
Piroz, a gipsy nomad who plays the violin and sings like an extraterrestrial bird during weddings and funerals, is in love with Sumbul, whose wedding he is serenading. And then begins the harrowing process of a love aching to be achieved, but at what cost? A song, which is effervescent and uplifting, but something about the setting and characters calls for an imminent impasse that awaits them all.
The film begins with a continuous exploration of the protagonist in his role, embodying a high-spirited man, and slowly navigating how they function as a people group, how their daily routine looks, and how they interact with one another. Everyone's life is intertwined with the people within, and the individuals operate like one large family on vacation.
The joy that a bride from the wedding makes him a lunatic while Piroz and Sumbul walk toward each other (with no care in the world) is what love and the tragedy that awaits them, as well as disarrayed people fighting like animals assume the screen. This is a forbidden love tale that creates a hidden cult.
One man's impure is another man's cue to dance. So much articulated in that three seconds of pure joy. Piroz says in response to her former groom defining Sumbul as a gazelle. The film uses a lot of metaphors to make social commentaries as such. One instance is when Mirze asks Piroz if Sumbul is a gazelle, and not seconds later is she tied down by her father, exactly like a cow.
The heartsong is a unique romantic drama in which the narrative is beyond our grasp of comprehension, and the camera movements add to the difficulty the film has shown. Piroz and Sumbul may be too weak as grown-ups, but they also add to the plot's character's sense of innocence and purity, too. When Sumbul's tresses are being chopped off, and she starts playing with them.
Heartsong doesn't wait until long before introducing the parallel between Piroz's father, Mirze, and Piroz himself. So, Mirze, who couldn't reunite with the true love of his life, is on the brink of insanity and delusion, just so as to experience a moment of his individual affection. So, he makes sure, almost unknowingly, that his son Piroz not fall into the same trap set by society.
The cinematography surpasses all expectations, as the anxiety and joy characters feel on the screen are easily transferred to the audience. All in all, the film is ridiculously stunning, with every shot one-on-one in terms of exposure and shots. There are various extreme close-ups throughout the film to show the deep love or hurt in a character.
The musical score must be hugely moving, given the character's name, as well as his parents, and Heartsong does not disappoint in delivering the same. While encapsulating the emotions of the characters, the music provides excellent amounts of energy and melancholy, as and when the story so demands.
Mirze, in his highest form of delusion, wants a love so deep and longs for his lost beloved that he cannot distinguish between a real woman and one made out of hay and plastic chippings. This wasn't a story about Piroz and Sumbul, but rather about Mirze and Dilo. It was about how, in the end, their love did triumph. Where one bond finishes, another begins blooming in its place.
There have been many scenes and angles in cinema history involving dead people, ghosts, and basic everyday things, for example, the Rashomon film. Here, the filmmaker gives us a visual representation of the people in Pirozs village through the lens of a mouth, even a tooth, who is waiting to be removed.
Sumbul, who is presented with her wedding dress, says the most absurd sentence you can imagine coming out of a to be married woman's mouth I dislike the color, any other options, however, sumbul goes on to show her innocence and naivety.
Heartsong's Final Verdict
If it wasn't obvious, the score, the cinematography, the acting, the narrative narrative, the awkwardness, the simplicity, and the characters all outdid themselves. While developing the film, I fell in love more with it than when I first finished it. This should certainly be next on your list.
Heartsong is now available on Netflix.
A gipsy nomad and a bride-to-be falls in love at first sight, but superstition and orthodox families come in their way. Will their love triumph in Heartsong?