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The Girl in the Woods (2015, Tofiq Rzayev)

A scene from THE GIRL IN THE WOODS, directed by Tofiq Rzayev.

The Girl in the Woods is about a missing college student. The missing guy’s fianceé asks his best friend to go looking. He discovers a forest nymph with seduces wayward men with her ability to prattle on about the freedom of the forest. It doesn’t end well.

Director Rzayev tries to focus entirely on Girl’s dialogue. The best scene in Woods is the first dialogue sequence. Even though it goes on forever, actors Deniz Aslim (the lead) and Gizem Aybike Sahin (the fianceé) find a good rhythm with the long takes.

Sadly, Aslim doesn’t have that rhythm with the nymph (Cevahir Casgir). Casgir gives the weakest performance, but it’s not entirely her fault. Her character is absurd.

Rzayev’s direction plummets after the open; he free falls with no sense of scale or orientation. There’s no perseverance. It’s perfunctory.

Girl’s not good enough to frustrate, but definitely to annoy.


Produced, edited, photographed and directed by Tofiq Rzayev; screenplay by Rzayev and Erdogan Ulgur, based on a story by Rzayev; music by Gergö Elekes.

Starring Deniz Aslim (Mert), Cevahir Casgir (Girl), Gizem Aybike Sahin (Ceren) and Mehmet Samer (Cem).


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