The Kurdish Film “Jîn”
"Jîn," that is directed by the visionary Reha Erdem, is a film that takes a modern day adaptation of the Grimm Brother's "Little Red Riding Hood."
The film starts with Jîn, the main female protagonist, rushing into the lushness of the flourishing forest, decked in a red cloak, running away from an armed group of people. Jîn, as it's later revealed, is a soldier in a tiny Kurdish Guerilla group who makes an escape into the forest. She dreams of a world beyond the fighting of the Kurdish-Turkish military conflict and throughout the entire movie, her struggle to reach the big city and experience things she's never had the chance to experience is portrayed.
The scenery during the film is extravagant and vigorous, leaving the viewers breathless at each turn. Despite the fact that the film manages to highlight the violent nature of society which threatens to destroy the beauty that the world holds in natural resources, it slowly tends to become tedious.
The reiteration of Jîn's struggle as she attempts to survive in the wild and make it to the city grows into a dull morose theme which contrasts highly with the visually assertive and lush scenery. Jîn seems to be trapped in an endless cycle of repetition in which she drowns herself in along with her own misery which starts to eventually grow old.
Despite the fact that the film "Jîn" has slow character development at best, it's definitely a must-watch movie that's guaranteed to tug on at least a couple of your heart strings.