Senem Tüzen’s narrative film debut is an intense chamber play set in a small Anatolian village. Nesrin is writing a novel at her grandmother’s old house, her grandma having passed away. She wants to escape the hustle and bustle of city life in Istanbul. Unfortunately, her conservative mother shows up uninvited and tells Nesrin of her intense disappointment that her daughter is divorced and childless.
MOTHERLAND is a minimalistic film; it is an intelligent and highly nuanced study of a destructive, but not loveless, mother-daughter relationship. The film is at times claustrophobic and leads to a powerful and thought-provoking climax. The film paints a portrait of a land caught between tradition and modernity. MOTHERLAND is also an exciting example of Turkish cinematography.