The Ottoman Lieutenant
Year:
2017
Country:
USA, Turkey
Genre:
Drama, War
IMDB rating:
8.2
Director:
Joseph Ruben
Ben Kingsley as Woodruff
Aysen Sümercan as Aghavni's Grandmother
Eliska Slansky as Aghavni
Hasan Say as Ahmet
Selçuk Yöntem as Melih Pasha
Hera Hilmar as Lillie
Peter Hosking as Mr. Clemson
Jessica Turner as Mrs. Rowe
Haluk Bilginer as Khalil Bey
Michiel Huisman as Ismail
Paul Barrett as Mr. Rowe
Affif Ben Badra as Christapor
Storyline: A beautiful, strong-willed woman, who, frustrated by ongoing injustice at home, leaves the United States after meeting Jude, an American doctor who runs a remote medical mission within the Ottoman Empire - a world both exotic and dangerous, and on the brink of what is about to become the first World War. There, she finds her loyalty to Jude and the mission's founder tested when she falls in love with their perceived enemy, a lieutenant in the Ottoman Imperial Army. Now, with invading army forces at their doorstep, and the world about to plunge into all-out war, she must make a decision if she wants to be what other people want her to be, or to be herself.
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Reviews
Could have been an epic
It is a good movie, when it could have been a great one. The acting, image, directing, scenes - they were all very good. The problem was the script. The storyline wanted to be everything and ended up missing. Here is a case where the "less is more" sentence would have been a bless. They wanted a love triangle and they put it there; they wanted an historic movie. They got one and it was accurate; They wanted action and it is there. In the end you get a lot of information with a lack of depth. Nothing is as compelling as I wish it would be. The history, the love triangle, the true love story, the courage, the intrigue... It all lacked depth and it is really sad, because the story deserved to be awesome.
2017-11-06
Movies Are Not Politics, Nor Are They Documentaries.
While some reviewers cannot see beyond the work of the actors and director in a project, others pay to escape life and be immersed in a world we cannot otherwise visit. The Ottoman Lieutenant is a grand, sweeping movie that has war as its backdrop. This movie is not a documentary. The artists who worked to bring us this bit of fiction immersed themselves beautifully within the project, and their hard work stands out, much like the Merchant Ivory films. The movie itself does not ask for a review of its accuracy, it simply asks that we put aside the trappings of our present environment to imagine a different vista. If you are interested in enjoying beauty for its own sake, then you will enjoy this film. If you are still intent on reliving the atrocities of the past, then l suggest you stick to documentaries, and only those with which you wholeheartedly agree. - Chipper F. Xavier, Esq.
2017-03-16
four directions
We have 4 different directions, but this movie looks the events only one direction. The landscapes are so beautiful, and acting the actors and actress nearly perfect. I should noted one points about geographic locations. There are many landscapes from Cappadocia which are not related with the Van region. If this movie is for the people are not familiar with the Turkey's geography, is OK. But the others? The computer aided effects, re-animations for the older Van city are successful. Humanity, given by this movie is good, but this must be for all the human being.
2017-08-19
Good script and a mirror to historical realities
The actors and director and script team done well. Unlikely below evil- minded Armenian friends' comments, the movie tells us much about historical realities. Besides, keep in mind that movies are just movies. We do not need to see art as a part of political conflicts. I liked the acting and screenplay. The script is satisfying.
2017-05-07
Already one of the best movies of 2017!
Very nice romance in beautiful scenery of Eastern Turkey. Just watch the movie and enjoy. And about the history, one of the reviewers already told it:

I believe the ongoing dispute over "Meds Yeghern" should not taken to be central to criticize the movie. It's documented in history that armed political organizations such as "Taşnaksutyan" (which had members among "İttihat-Terakki", quite ironically) became rebellious during the WWI. The deportation and unfortunate results during that can be considered as Ottoman Government's response with unintended consequences against this Armenian nationalists back then. This law has had recoils for the young Republic of Turkey till end of 20th century, too (the assassinations of ambassadors by ASALA). Therefore the movie's attitude to distant itself from political dispute seems reasonable.
2017-11-16
A must see for anyone who likes war/history genre
The scenario, acting, costumes....everything is right about this film. There is no over sentimentality, no unnecessary dialogues or scenes that don't add anything to the film. The questionable reality of WWI, that is depicted in every movie that has the backing of the Armenian diaspora, seems to have been avoided and thus, the audience can enjoy watching this film to a greater extent without being overwhelmed by genocide propaganda.

The film does not take the Armenian point of view as a matter of 'veritatis incommutabilis' but it rather tells the stories of both sides. The fact that some Armenians had already joined the Russians and formed armed groups before and during WWI, the events of this war remains as a highly controversial topic for those who look at history impartially. Apparently over 6 nations fought against the Ottomans and at some stage even the Australians had joined the British to fight the Ottomans. It is a miracle that the Turks survived such an apocalypse and founded a republic out of the ashes of Ottomans. I suppose if the Ottomans had only been Christian, we will now have been talking about the tragedies that they endured during WWI. Having said that, the film actually does not deny the humanitarian tragedy that occurred in the Ottoman Empire but it leaves it to the audience to decide whether the events of WWI should be regarded as genocide.
2017-09-10
Diabolically awful
The most awful couple of hours of two-dimensional clap-trap I have subjected myself to for several years. Don't waste your time on this drivel. I can't believe Ben Kingsley allowed himself to be duped into this nonsense. Shockingly wooden acting, criminally historically inaccurate, and a script that most ten-year-olds would find insultingly beneath them. This film is a barrage of banality. Awful. Really awful. I'm serious.
2017-08-04
Good movie, well worth watching
This movie was actually very good and I am a hard to please viewer. The setting and characters were interesting along with the storyline. Cinematography was beautiful and its a very romantic and engaging story.

Acknowledging that the movie does present a view of history which is less than accurate regarding the Armerian genocide (elements of which are shown but not the full extent or that it was ordered by the govt) it is otherwise a very good movie. Just do a bit of reading to present the other side of the story and don't view this as a documentary.

I really liked the lead characters - the hero was handsome and charismatic. I think they did a good job of the heroine's character - she was independent but not so much so that she seemed 21st century, focused on her nursing and also fairly capable/ sensible (ie not a damsel in distress). The head Doctor's character was also added an interesting element to the story and was well acted.

I have also seen the Promise and this was by far the better movie for the viewer.
2017-08-19
Rather than over-politicizing the movie, it is also possible to enjoy a story of the east front of WWI
I believe the ongoing dispute over "Meds Yeghern" should not taken to be central to criticize the movie. It's documented in history that armed political organizations such as "Taşnaksutyan" (which had members among "İttihat-Terakki", quite ironically) became rebellious during the WWI. The deportation and unfortunate results during that can be considered as Ottoman Government's response with unintended consequences against this Armenian nationalists back then. This law has had recoils for the young Republic of Turkey till end of 20th century, too (the assassinations of ambassadors by ASALA). Therefore the movie's attitude to distant itself from political dispute seems reasonable.

Even though the plot's being centralized a love story and a dilemma between the loyalty for home and the love/sexual desire for the eccentric is quite generic, but it's best audience attraction mechanism at hand. Still the movie can be enjoyed as a pavement stone to tell the war stories from non-European/non-American parts of the world and for the sake of Haluk Bilginer who shows tremendous acting performance whenever he plays.

Last but not least, the animation of İstanbul in 1910's is what I can't wait to see in the movie. And the sublimity of the Ottoman capital that is lost after the rapid urbanization starting with the municipal administration of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, current president of TR.
2017-05-07
False History!!
This was honestly one of the worst movies I have ever see. Its all false information and none of it is true. The details are all incorrect and nothing in this movie made sense.Lack of true movie expertise. Do not recommend. Save your time don't watch this movie.There are lots of other good movies to watch than this garbage.
2017-10-05
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