Cengiz Semercioğlu: Çağatay’s film is beautiful, but it has a defect
Cengiz Semercioğlu made the review of the film Paper Lives / Kağıttan Hayatlar considering that Çağatay Ulusoy’s film is beautiful, but it has a defect.
The journalist wrote: I watched it without stopping. Favorite director Can Ulkay did a great job. Shooting, color, feeling, photography – the view of Istanbul is amazing. If not for the pandemic, this Netflix movie would have drawn crowds of tourists to Istanbul. Together with the operator Serkan Güler, they did a 10-point work. As for the actors, Çağatay Ulusoy grows with each role, so far this is his best acting work. Ersin Arici in the role of Gonzi after this movie will certainly be seen in more ambitious roles. Little Emir Ali Doğrul does his role well.
And everything would be just fine, if not for one drawback. Which you can see perfectly well. This is the scenario. We conquered the world with our serials and films, but we still cannot cope with the scripts. Apart from the main story, there are no other storylines. The film is a bit reminiscent of George Clooney’s Midnight Sky in the relationship between an adult character and a child. The film was not a masterpiece, but at least there is a story. This is not the case in Paper Lives, so the film’s only weak link is the script.
Overall assessment of the film:
Directing – 10
Shooting – 10
Acting – 8
Scenario – 5