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Stories from the Male Labyrinths: Ivy


The film Sarmaşık (Ivy, Tolga Karaçelik, 2015) adopts a basic form of storytelling (oral narration to an audience) through Cenk’s performance (Nadir Sarıbacak) at the beginning of the film. Later, six men, presenting their own stories, construct a definition of masculinity through contradictions in contrast with a coherent and controlling subject.  The film tells a story through “real” and fantastic images that bring the film together as a whole.

Keywords: Ivy, masculinity, storytelling, archetype, off-screen, spectator, suspense.