turkish e.t. -- badi
badi (i like to pronounce it "batty") is the adorable little name of an extraterrestrial stranded on earth (this time somewhere near istanbul) in the turk version of spielberg's original pile of mush. but while our alien managed to be brown and wrinkly yet still cute, badi is the polar opposite -- gray and perpetually covered in a sheen of snot. plus, his voice is just a turkish guy whispering and rasping into a vocoder so he sounds like a child molesting robot. the setting and tone of this movie couldn't be more different from the sunny california of the american e.t. badi is more like a hardy boys novel written by franz kafka, with a group of kids creeping through dark slums, trying to protect a deformed outcast. all the adults in the movie, when they see badi, either faint or try to kill him (except for one extended and perplexing scene where the alien goes on all the rides at a local carnival). when the turkish polis finally come to take the little monster, the kids stage a full scale riot complete with colored gas bombs, halloween masks as disguises, and anarchic confusion in the streets! the youngest kid, a four or five year-old, has had his voice dubbed by an adult woman, so in one shot we see a young boy crying but hear a grown turkish lady's wails and sobs. it is very, very disturbing. in a particularly turkish twist, the flying bicycle from american et has been replaced by a flying pushcart.