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November 1978 (Turkey) See more »
Story of a dilemma between a woman's love and her logic. Asya, a young girl with a strict mother, meets Ilyas who is a womanizer city man... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Türkan Soray ... Asya
Kadir Inanir ... Ilyas
Ahmet Mekin ... Cemsit
Hülya Tuglu
Cengiz Sezici
Nurhan Nur
Ihsan Yüce
Elif Inci
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Erol Batibeki
Perihan Doygun ... Neighbor Halime
Taci Ersan
Erkan Esenboga
Günay Güner
Mehmet Yigenoglu ... Truck Driver in the Station

Directed by
Atif Yilmaz 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Chingiz Aitmatov  novel
Ali Özgentürk  writer

Produced by
Arif Keskiner .... producer
Original Music by
Cahit Berkay 
Cinematography by
Çetin Tunca 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jan Brindizi .... assistant director
Sound Department
Erkan Esenboga .... sound recordist
Visual Effects by
Onder Hacioglu .... digital restoration artist (2009)
Murat Ozer .... digital restoration supervisor (2009)
Camera and Electrical Department
Erol Batibeki .... lighting technician
Metin Erdogdu .... assistant lighting technician

Production Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Selvi boylum, al yazmalim" - Turkey (original title)
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Turkey:90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Asya and Ilyas's son Samet is actually played by a girl. They cut the girls hair to make her look like a boy.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Evlidir Ne Yapsa Yeridir (1978)See more »


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22 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
"love or struggle", 20 March 2006
Author: cuhadar_e from Turkey

This movie is an adaption of famous Kirghiz writer Cengiz Aytmatov's novel.The unforgettable moment in the movie is a dialogue: "What is love? Love is struggle, love is goodness, love is amity". The main theme in the movie is "love needs struggle". It is a turning point in Turkish cinema and a sheer gem confirmed by many rewards at home and abroad; second best movie in 15th. Antalya Altin Portakal Film Festival, Best Director, Tashkent Film Festival best actress (Turkan Soray). The Soundtrack of the movie is praised as the best soundtrack in Turkey. It was composed by "Cahit Berkay" from the band Mogollar. Especially, the song "selvi boylum al yazmalim" is still unforgettable and considered as one of the most contemporary folk song in Turkey. In order to understand Turkish culture, humanity, sensitiveness and rural life style, "selvi boylum al yazmalim" is the best movie to give a chance. It is an universal epic and the question of "love" through Anotolian point of view...

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