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Mercedes mon amour (1993)

The film is based on 'Fikrimin Ince Gulu', a novel by Adalet Agaoglu, which depicts a first generation gurbetci/guest-worker returning home. It covers his land journey in short bursts from ... See full summary »

Director:

Tunç Okan (as Bay Okan)

Writers:

Adalet Agaoglu (novel), Tunç Okan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ilyas Salman Ilyas Salman ... Bayram
Valérie Lemoine Valérie Lemoine ... Kezban (as Valerie Lemoine)
Micky Sébastian Micky Sébastian ... Vapurdaki Sarisin
Alexander Gittinger Alexander Gittinger ... Minibüs Sürücüsü
Savas Yurttas Savas Yurttas ... Veli
Saadet Gürses Saadet Gürses ... Solmaz
Menderes Samancilar ... Ibrahim
Serra Yilmaz Serra Yilmaz ... Pasaport Memuru
Filiz Küçüktepe Filiz Küçüktepe ... Veli'nin Karisi
Tuncay Akça Tuncay Akça ... Kâhya
Mustafa Suphi Baltaci Mustafa Suphi Baltaci ... Oto Ustasi (as Mustafa Suphi)
Hikmet Karagöz Hikmet Karagöz ... Garson
Ömer Basaran Ömer Basaran ... Genç Bayram
Abdullah Özalp Abdullah Özalp ... Çocuk Bayram
Duygu Sönmez Duygu Sönmez ... Genç Kezban
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The film is based on 'Fikrimin Ince Gulu', a novel by Adalet Agaoglu, which depicts a first generation gurbetci/guest-worker returning home. It covers his land journey in short bursts from Germany to the Turkey's west border - and extensively from thereon to his village close to Ankara - capital of Turkey. He begins his journey purchasing a second hand yellow Mercedes - possibly his first car - using his meager savings working as a laborer. Offering deep insight into the mind of a manual laborer Bayram (Ilyas Salman) making his first trip back home, resorting to flashbacks in highlighting Bayram's motivation and experiences from his childhood right up to the events leading to his first departure from Turkey to Germany. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Turkey | France | Germany | Switzerland

Language:

Turkish | German

Release Date:

5 March 1993 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

Mercedes mon Amour See more »

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Evren Film,L'European,Man Film See more »
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Perfect example of both Turkish comedy and diasporic cinema
7 April 2006 | by yavuztumerSee all my reviews

This film, adapted from a novel by well-known Turkish novelist Adalet Agaoglu, is a perfect depiction of Turks living in Germany, their problems of identity, the situation of being in-between, i.e. neither being completely Turkish nor being completely German. Of course, Ilyas Salman's amazing acting, depicting a desperate man and his efforts to protect his beloved yellowish Mercedes (which he calls "Sarikiz"-"blonde girl") from the harsh conditions of Turkey is also something that contributes to this.

All in all, a must see for audiences of Turkish comedy and diasporic cinema.

P.S: If you like this title, I can also highly recommend another Tunc Okan film, called "Otobus".


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