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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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Classic Love-Story That Became a Template for Many Turkish Films in the Future See more (7 total) »


  (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

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Also Known As:
"Selvi Boylum, Al Yazmalim" - Turkey (original title)
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Turkey:90 min
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Classic Love-Story That Became a Template for Many Turkish Films in the Future, 27 July 2013
Author: l_rawjalaurence from London

Shot on a shoestring in the countryside, SELVI BOYLUM AL YAZMALIM is an acknowledged classic of Turkish cinema. The plot is straightforward enough: village girl Asya (Turkan Sorak) falls in love with itinerant truck-driver Ilyas (Kadir Inanir). They get (unofficially) married and have a child, but Ilyas cannot adjust to life as a husband and seeks solace elsewhere. Asya leaves home for good, and is left alone on the road until Good Samaritan Cemsit (Ahmet Mekin) takes her in. After a whole, during which time Cemsit proves a good father to Asya's son Samet, the two get married. However Ilyas returns quite unexpectedly to the scene, forcing Asya to make a choice between past and present lives. Yilmaz's direction is straightforward; while allowing the plot to unfold at a cracking pace, he uses the shot/reverse strategy to powerful effect, especially at the end. The three central performances are just brilliant: Soray and Inanir were never better during their entire careers as the ill-fated couple, while Mekin has a wonderful talent for showing repressed emotion in a single expression. SELVI BOYLUM AL YAZMALIM has proved highly influential: the 2012 films ARAF and GOZETLEME KULESI both have sequences borrowed from the film.

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