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Yesim Ustaoglu (screenplay)
Selma Kaygusuz (screenplay)
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Release Date:
23 January 2009 (Turkey) See more »
When an aging matriarch starts showing signs of dementia, her dysfunctional family in Istanbul must navigate a minefield of unresolved issues to care for her. | Add synopsis »
6 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)
Tsilla Chelton ... Nusret
Derya Alabora ... Nesrin
Onur Ünsal ... Murat
Övül Avkiran ... Güzin
Osman Sonant ... Mehmet

Tayfun Bademsoy ... Faruk
Nazmî Kirik ... Hirsiz
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ilker Ozyildirim ... Doctor
Emrah Tinte

Directed by
Yesim Ustaoglu 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Selma Kaygusuz  screenplay
Yesim Ustaoglu  screenplay

Produced by
Catherine Burniaux .... producer
Serkan Cakarer .... producer
Natacha Devillers .... producer
Setareh Farsi .... producer
Behrooz Hashemian .... producer
Tobias Pausinger .... producer
Yesim Ustaoglu .... producer
Michael Weber .... producer
Muhammet Çakiral .... producer
Original Music by
Jean-Pierre Mas 
Cinematography by
Jacques Besse 
Film Editing by
Franck Nakache 
Production Design by
H.F. Farsi 
Elif Tasçioglu 
Serdar Yilmaz 
Art Department
Erim Gayretli .... assistant art director
Erim Gayretli .... assistant property master
Baris Yikilmaz .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Bilge Bingul .... boom operator
Caroline Landsweerdt .... dialogue editor
Marina Lerchs .... foley mixer
Bruno Tarrière .... re-recording mixer
Bernd von Bassewitz .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Laurent Coltelloni .... first assistant camera
Tarik Han Koc .... second assistant camera
Editorial Department
Julien Perrin .... assistant editor
Other crew
Çigdem Vitrinel .... production coordinator

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Pandora'nin kutusu" - Turkey (original title)
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112 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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12 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
a well-rounded movie that captures raw human emotion, 15 November 2009
Author: slowboatmo from United States

For the first comment, you said only the french actress who played the role of the old lady does justice to this movie, I completely disagree. It seems like you put an excessive amount of emphasis on the development of characters as opposed to the storyline and meaning of the movie. First of all, Chelton is supposed to be the central character in this movie while all the other characters play the supporting role. So it goes without saying that she is obliged to outshine the other characters. In my opinion, this is a very well-rounded, touching movie with deep messages. It paints a balancing, beautiful portrait of life in both metropolitan and rural Turkey. It is one of the better foreign movies I have seen in recent years. Each character's performance is so real and down-to-earth that the whole movie feels like a real-life drama, albeit a profound one. One thing I want to add is that this movie never indulges in sexuality like many other foreign movies do so it elevates itself to a higher, more artistic level.

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