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16 March 2007 (Turkey) See more »
14 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Three Ruined Lives, three Opposite Characters wandering Off-shore Waters See more (22 total) »


  (in credits order)

Özgü Namal ... Meryem
Talat Bulut ... Irfan
Murat Han ... Cemal
Mustafa Avkiran ... Ali Riza
Emin Gursoy ... Tahsin
Meral Çetinkaya ... Münevver

Lale Mansur ... Aysel
Sebnem Köstem ... Döne
Leyla Basak ... Serap
Idil Yener ... Nazik
Erol Babaoglu ... Yakup
Ali Zeytin
Ugur Izgi
Emel Göksu ... Gülizar Ebe

Directed by
Abdullah Oguz 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Elif Ayan 
Zülfü Livaneli  novel
Abdullah Oguz 
Kubilay Tunçer 
Sirri Süreyya Önder  adaptation

Produced by
Abdullah Oguz .... producer
Baran Seyhan .... consulting producer
Original Music by
Zülfü Livaneli 
Cinematography by
Mirsad Herovic 
Film Editing by
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Özge Toprak .... assistant director
Sound Department
Murat Celikkol .... dialogue mixer
Mark Kenna .... sound consultant
Orçun Kozluca .... sound re-recording mixer
Fatih Ragbet .... dialogue editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Ümit Barlas .... gaffer
Evren Ozfirat .... electrician
Huseyin Nazim Sirli .... bestboy
Other crew
Cem Gursel .... behind the scenes
Hakan Kerim Karademir .... production office coordinator

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Also Known As:
"Mutluluk" - Turkey (original title)
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Turkey:105 min | USA:105 min
Aspect Ratio:
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16 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Three Ruined Lives, three Opposite Characters wandering Off-shore Waters, 15 November 2009
Author: Cihan Sean Victorydawn Vercan (CihanVercan) from Ottawa, Canada

With fathers from different families, Meryem and Cemal are each other's country cousins. For Meryem has violated moral law of the village they live in, Cemal's father sends them to Istanbul for Meryem's execution. Despite everyone in the village indicts Meryem for adultery, she keeps telling that she's innocent. But the actual offender is hidden.

Cemal remains reluctant to kill Meryem, even when they came to Istanbul. So he visits his brothers, to ask for their advice. He finds his brothers are not aware of their moral law of the village; so that they can't help him make a decision. When he talked to his younger brother, he advises them to stay at a holiday camp near a fish farm. Cemal learns fishing from a native man. Away from the rules, punishments and cruelty of the world; anyhow Meryem waits for the day she'll be executed. She is in respect to her father, family, moral law and to Cemal; accordingly she obeys whatever Cemal says to do.

One night time fishing at the offshore, Cemal meets with an adventurer vessel master. Next day the adventurer invites Cemal and Meryem to his sailing boat. After a bit talking, he likes Cemal and hires him to work at his vessel, supposing that he's married to Meryem. That adventurer who is a former university professor, suddenly enters into their life; although their cultural background doesn't fit to each other at first.

From Elif Ayan's adaptation of Zülfü Livaneli's novel, covered with spectacular views of Aegean Sea coasts, Mutluluk offers an escape to the sea, and to search for candid friendship. Talat Bulut's excellent portrait of the adventurer leads the cruising. He, and only himself, saves this movie from ending up as a failure. He saved the film from Yesilcam clichés. Abdullah Oguz uses basic formula of starting with dragging up our emotions to end with rat race material. Oguz's plot manipulation works like a magic. We find ourselves in a moral dilemma first, then in a mystery and finally with a happy ending, in which mystery solved in a surprisingly successful way. Even though the main production is weak other than the cinematography, acting and plot manipulation saves the day.

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