"Stray" explores what it means to live as a being without status or security, following three strays as they embark on inconspicuous journeys through Turkish society. Zeytin, fiercely independent, embarks on adventures through the city at night; Nazar, nurturing and protective, easily befriends the humans around her; while Kartal, a shy puppy living on the outskirts of a construction site, finds companions in the security guards who care for her. The strays' disparate lives intersect when they each form intimate bonds with a group of young Syrians with whom they share the streets. Director Elizabeth Lo's award-winning film is a critical observation of human civilisation through the unfamiliar gaze of dogs and a sensory voyage into new ways of seeing.
STRAY is a fantastic nature documentary that follows the lives of several stray dogs that live on the streets of Turkey's Istanbul. Told in a free style, without a narrative to constrain it, it's a captivating portrait of man's best friend, and how well they'd probably all cope without us if we all just let them get on with their lives. Also watch the two deleted scenes which show you more of the same in different locations around Turkey. We probably project our own feeling about dogs onto this film but if like me you love them, you will be entranced by their ministry, their personalities, and their fleeting interactions with the people in the city. Recommended.
What can I say. This is fairly short and features very little spoken words.
Following wild dogs in Instanbul around the city and the different situations they get into.
Ok for a watch.
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Unique, heartfelt, revealing of the human condition
- Stray review by TH
Unique, heartfelt, revealing of the human condition, even though it focuses exclusively on the daily activities of a bunch of stray dogs. It spoke more about the condition of humanity than most other films I have seen. It reflects on community, relationships, success and failure etc
Refreshingly different, although I particularly dislike Hollywood-esque films so this would always be a winner for me.
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For anyone who cares about the life of the underdog - canine or human
- Stray review by CC
unusual viewpoint but all the better for making a point. dogs are the stars of course but filmed with compassion and humour.