A stylish coming-of-age docu from an absurd holiday paradise in Turkey



Ismail Da ş dö ǧ en & Hakan Ho ş can


Two young men have applied for jobs at an all-inclusive hotel to learn English and move on in life. 17-year-old Ismail settles down in the kitchen, while the slightly older Hakan would rather stay in his room and read Schopenhauer and dream of Hollywood than tend to his brain-dead job. We join them for an entire summer as they try to feel at home in the absurd microcosm of bikinis and slides, hot dishes and lethargic tourists. ‘Take a picture of yourself before you start work,’ says the hotel’s manager, ‘When the summer is over, you will be a different person’. These are valid words, but in a different way than the head of the discount luxury holiday residence imagines in Volkan Üce’s amusing coming-of-age story about modern alienation in the workplace. An existentialist comedy with palm trees, where Western ideas of happiness and freedom are hung out to dry under the scorching sun.

Official selection at CPH DOX 2021 and Hot Docs 2021.