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Janjan (2007)

The intellectually hindered Janjan Berk Hakman lives in a town in Anatolien. It is 35 years old. After a heavy accident in the mining, it remains for 2 days in the pit. Through it it loses ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Berk Hakman Berk Hakman ... Janjan-Sadik
Selen Seyven ... Güzel
Çetin Öner Çetin Öner ... Murtaza
Levent Yilmaz Levent Yilmaz ... Kerim
Aykut Oray Aykut Oray ... Mahmut
Aykut Kayacik Aykut Kayacik ... Ahmet
Özay Fecht Özay Fecht ... Fadime
Onur Dikmen Onur Dikmen ... Zeynel
Necmettin Çobanoglu Necmettin Çobanoglu ... Abdullah
Ayten Uncuoglu Ayten Uncuoglu ... Nurcan
Mirja Mahir Mirja Mahir ... Ulrike
Sila Sahin Sila Sahin ... Yasemin
Mehmet Ezici Mehmet Ezici ... Muhtar
Ahmet Firat Ahmet Firat ... Haydar
Nalan Erkovan Nalan Erkovan ... Seher


The intellectually hindered Janjan Berk Hakman lives in a town in Anatolien. It is 35 years old. After a heavy accident in the mining, it remains for 2 days in the pit. Through it it loses its intellect. Although Janjans handicap is accepted by the majority, it stretches sometimes also negative reactions of the inhabitants on. The majority of the men of the city works in Germany. To go the men who did not create it, to Germany, work either in the mining or are unemployed. The town is a typical "German countries-city". Everywhere one sees have German cars or the cars German marks. In the businesses, one finds are German household ware and the signs of the businesses usually in German. In the trade is chosen as a currency of the Euros very. The houses are equipped full with German electronic devices. The inhabitants speak partially German and see German telecasts per satellite. Nevertheless the inhabitants are very conservative because of its religious tradition. Opposites of the ... Written by omayra73@yahoo.com

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12 October 2007 (Turkey) See more »

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Kütahya, Turkey

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That's What the Directors are for!
11 January 2009 | by CihanVercanSee all my reviews

A well-known and widely scattered myth in Turkey forms the plot. Despite that simple and nothing-special plot, the story couldn't have been told any better. The use of the screenplay and cinematography is so triumphant that draws the viewer into a creeping sensation. The story takes place at one of today's country towns in Turkey. Berk Hakman(Deniz from Hatirla Sevgili TV-series) performs the leading role as Janjan, a mentally deficient but very naive young man. Everybody in this small town loves him. He plays with children all the time and lives as a servant to a rich and old man. His master, aged 70, marries to a 17 year-old infant girl, named Guzel, in exchange for some amount of money from her father. To the house Janjan lives with his master, Guzel settles in. Believing that Janjan is trusty and loyal with him, his master leaves Janjan and the girl together when he's gone to work everyday. In a short period of time, old man begins to torment her a lot. She often cries secretly of the sufferings she is facing. Janjan watches her at days and nights secretly, willing to help her but cannot do nothing. Happens to become like "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" , as if Janjan being the Quasimodo and Guzel being the Esmeralda, the story turns out to be a hopeless "Beauty and the Beast" drama. But as the story progresses unexpectedly good things followed by bad things catch their destiny up to a miraculous ending.

With the devotedly influential acting of the leading characters this is a great love story. I think of if there is any failure or flaw that Janjan has, what i find out is; this is a great work of silver screen and every aspect of the movie perfectly fits with it. The choice for the camera angles and the distance between the camera and the stage is at its best on every single scene. Editing is perfectly done with the music composition, so the story comes out in a harmony. Ending was so memorable. It is the greatest thing ever happening to the lovers. They just vanish away... An extra-ordinary ending like that can only be dished out by David Lynch for turning such a myth into real life that much perfectly.

I advise Janjan to cinema lovers of each type. As a romance, strongly recommended to couples. 6 years ago when I was in Europe, a girl of my age has come to me and asked: "Why do Turkish couples always have to wait to get married for long years?" . May be there wouldn't be love at all, if there has been no complications to get over together with your lover.

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