In the opening scenes of Pelin Esmer’s heartwarming documentary, the chic and the quotidian are superbly intertwined. The tranquil sight of a bunch of older girls having fun with a seaside dip is juxtaposed with a placing view of the Roman amphitheatre overlooking the deep blue ocean. Unassuming in look, the ladies rapidly rework into thespians, taking on the traditional website and making it a rehearsal area for an beginner manufacturing of King Lear. Coming from an impoverished rural background, this unlikely peasant-women theatre troupe brings the magic of Shakespeare to distant Turkish villages the place even the fundamental staple of drinking-water is nonexistent.
Their performances usually happen on college playgrounds, and are rudimentary by way of costuming and staging. Carrying their very own garments, the ladies give Shakespeare a regional otherworldliness. And alongside the evident communal pleasure impressed by such occasions, the off-stage interactions between the performers and the villagers are equally fascinating. Zeynep, who performs Lear, confides her youthful hope of changing into a nurse, which was was rapidly quashed by her father’s order that she should persist with elevating goats. Performing has ignited a transformative sense of confidence in Zeynep, nonetheless. And the younger woman she confides in has her personal dream of educating, although her future appears unsure.
The movie’s freewheeling construction makes for an ideal intimacy with its topics nevertheless it doesn’t assist the viewer with the bodily orientation of occasions, particularly not these unfamiliar with the native geography. Nevertheless, although modest by way of visuals and scope, Queen Lear is an endearing ode to the collective energy of artwork and a delicate name for gender equality in Turkey.