Trigger warning- movie is about dog fighting, be prepared for that.
This is not the typical boy and his dog film. Phenomenally well shot and acted, Kaan Müjdeci captures the bleakness of this boys life, and what turns him to the world of dog fighting, even if he doesn't want his dog to fight. That reason being that he is trying to impress his crush, and how he basically has to fight Sivas (the dog) because that's what his job is. The biggest success for this film, at least for me, is showing that the environment a person grows up in has an impact on who they end up being. In this case, the toxic, masculine culture that Aslan grows up in turns him towards dog fighting, even though he is a sensitive soul. Just like how Sivas is a fighting dog because of where he was born, and the breed of dog he is.