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Mertkan has a simple life in Istanbul: 'working' as an office-boy in his dad's construction company, hanging out with his male friends in malls and discos, cruising with his dad's 4-wheel drive at night. There is no urgency for him to find a meaning to this emptiness. When he meets Gul, a Kurdish girl from Eastern Turkey, putting herself through university by working as a waitress, Mertkan has a chance to change the futility of his life. But his father opposes his connection with 'those people who only want to divide our country' and reminds Mertkan that 'we are all Turkish and we are all Muslims'. Insidiously Mertkan bows to the social values of the 'Majority' when faced with a choice, and becomes the 'proper man' his dad wanted him to be. Written by
Mertkan is a twenty something, moderately overweight young man in Turkey, and has to deal with his boring life (which consists mainly of hanging out with friends at shopping malls) and his job working for his strict, domineering father, who runs a small construction company in Istanbul. He has a break with routine when he is involved with a Kurdish girl named Gul (the pretty Esme Madra, the best thing in the film) he met in a fast food restaurant. When his family learns of this relationship, they are naturally quite opposed to it.
Filmed with good production values, the main interest of this movie to me is that it shows life in an urban middle class milieu in Turkey. The main problem with it is that most of the characters are so unpleasant, especially the father and the son. The only exception is the Kurdish girl, but the movie never focus on her voice, nor we understand why she would be attracted to him.
Since Turkey is supposedly a fairly conservative country, I was surprised this movie includes a sexual scene, not particularly explicit for Western standards, but it does involve female frontal nudity.
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