Bliss (Mutluluk) (2009)
Based on the internationally acclaimed novel by Zulfu Livaneli and set against the backdrop of Turkey's natural wonders, Bliss is the most acclaimed Turkish film of the decade - an eye-opening story about the taboo subject of honor killings.When 17-year-old Meryem is found dishevelled and unconscious by the side of a lake in the countryside, her family believes the worst - that her chastity has been lost. They turn to the ancient principle of “tore,” a strict moral code that condemns Meryem to death. When she refuses to take her own life, the duty of upholding the family's honor falls upon a distant cousin, Cemal, who has just completed a brutal tour in the military. A deeply affecting yet life-affirming portrayal of traditional and modern-day Turkey, Bliss is unforgettable.