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Destiny (2006)

Kader (original title)
Bekir loves Ugur, who loves Zagor, who loves to commit crimes.


Zeki Demirkubuz


Zeki Demirkubuz
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Credited cast:
Ufuk Bayraktar ... Bekir
Vildan Atasever Vildan Atasever ... Ugur
Engin Akyürek ... Cevat
Müge Ulusoy ... Ugur's Mother
Mustafa Uzunyilmaz ... Ugur's Father
Settar Tanriögen ... Bekir's Father
Erkan Can ... Otelci Irfan
Gönül Çalgan Gönül Çalgan ... Bekir's Mother
Ozan Bilen Ozan Bilen ... Zagor
Güzin Alkan ... Emine
Hikmet Demir Hikmet Demir ... Kudret
Çaglar Çorumlu ... Kamil
Müfit Aytekin ... Cemil
Apo Demirkubuz Apo Demirkubuz ... Muzo (as Abdullah Demirkubuz)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Huseyin Amasyali Huseyin Amasyali


Bekir is a young man who runs his father's business. He becomes infatuated with Ugur after she visits his shop one day. However she is in love with Zagor, a violent criminal. In a brawl Zagor kills the 'protector' of the family of Ugur and runs away with Ugur. After two subsequent murders he gets caught and Ugur asks for Zagor's help. She becomes a singer - whore and starts living from city to city following Zagor who is in prison, while Bekir follows her despite the fact that in the meantime he got married and has a child. Written by Good Edward

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The jacket Bekir wears while buying medicine is the exact same jacket that Yusuf (Guven Kirac) wears in Masumiyet (1997) See more »


While Bekir is cutting Ugur's photo the tea glass is nearly empty, but then he looks in the photo he cut and half of the glass is full. See more »


Referenced in Coming Soon (2014) See more »


Cat Kapi
Performed by Yildiz Tilbe & Nurhayat Kavrak (as Nurhayat Kavrak-Demirkubuz)
Written by Yildiz Tilbe
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A Yeşilçam Melodrama Plot with a Pessimistic Twist
12 October 2015 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee all my reviews

Conceived as a prequel to MASUMİYET (1997), KADER (DESTINY) focuses on an impossible love-affair between Bekir (Ufuk Bayraktar) and Uğur (Vildan Atasever) that begins in the seedier areas of Beyoğlu in İstanbul and remains unfinished in the snowy wastes of Kars in the east of the Republic of Turkey.

The sentiments expressed are redolent of the Yeşilçam melodramas that hitherto have formed a backdrop to many of Demirkubuz's movies. Bekir leaves his wife Emine (Güzin Alkan) and children on at least two occasions to pursue Uğur all around the country, despite the hopelessness of his quest. Uğur remains in love with habitual criminal Zagor (Ozan Bilen), who is transferred from prison to prison following a series of attacks on police officers, wardens and fellow inmates. Uğur keeps telling Bekir to go home, but he keeps reappearing in her life at the most inopportune moments; in the Black Sea port of Sinop, for example, she is evicted from her hotel room as Bekir clamors to see her. The ill-matched couple finally fetch up at a mud-brick house in Kars; nothing is resolved (which subverts the Yeşilçam convention).

Demirkubuz invests this story with gritty social realism. Uğur grows up in a violent environment where women are routinely treated as sex-objects with little power of self-determination. She cannot quite grasp the fact that Bekir lacks the outward strength to conform to her expectations of all men. Bekir likes to exchange sex-talk with his male friends, but hardly conforms to the image of masculinity that prevails in his immediate surroundings, that is based on power and aggression. It is the kind of world where Uğur's mother's boyfriend Cevat (Engin Akyürek) is knifed to death in a kıraathane (coffee-house), simply for causing an argument.

In this kind of environment where such feelings as love and tenderness mean nothing, it's hardly surprising that the central love-affair remains unfulfilled. Bekir must shoulder some of the blame for this; at one point he vividly describes how he made love to Uğur on the first occasion they met. In truth he was almost embarrassed in her presence, unable to speak or communicate properly and falling in love with her photograph. Yet the admission of such emotions is considered "unmanly," something that Bekir is keen to avoid.

On at least three occasions the protagonists refer to destiny directing their lives: Uğur cannot help but pursue Zagor, despite his propensity for being imprisoned, while Bekir cannot avoid pursuing Uğur all round the country, even if by doing so he enters "another world," in which marriage, home and family (the traditional symbols of social and moral stability) no longer matter. We might disagree with the protagonists' analysis - to a large extent their decisions are made of their own free will - but we nonetheless understand quite tangibly how their characters have been shaped by the harsh environment in which they have grown up. This is the fundamental socio-economic point that KADER makes; if the families showed more concern for their members and their collective futures, then perhaps the world might be a less unforgiving place.

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17 November 2006 (Turkey) See more »

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