Production Country: Turkey
Production Year: 2020
Running Time: 109 min.
Original Title: Mahşer : Bir Varmış Bir Yokmuş
Original Language: Turkish
ONCE UPON A JUDGMENT DAY | Storyline
Arife and her husband Dancer Civan make a living by entertaining people in rural areas of Anatolia.
While on their way to a wedding, Civan suddenly suffers a heart attack and passes away. Arife is left
alone and helpless in a cave, where she encounters three bandits. Fearing for her life, Arife begins to
tell them stories, hoping to distract them from their intentions of harm.
As Arife spins her tales, the bandits become captivated by her unique storytelling style, and they
lower their weapons to listen until sunrise. Through her stories, Arife delves into the pain, troubles,
and secrets of the bandits, laying bare their vulnerabilities.
Now faced with a choice, the bandits must decide whether to kill Arife and bury their secrets with
her or to repent and leave their land. The power of Arife’s storytelling has opened their eyes to the
possibility of redemption