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Autumn (2008)

Sonbahar (original title)
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A man struggles after his release from ten years as a political prisoner.


Özcan Alper


Özcan Alper
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Cast overview:
Onur Saylak ... Yusuf
Megi Kobaladze Megi Kobaladze ... Eka / hooker
Serkan Keskin Serkan Keskin ... Mikail / Yusuf's friend
Raife Yenigül Raife Yenigül ... Gülefer
Nino Lejava Nino Lejava ... Maria / hooker
Sibel Öz Sibel Öz ... Asiye
Cihan Camkerte Cihan Camkerte ... Onur
Serhan Pirpir Serhan Pirpir ... Cihan
Yasar Güven Yasar Güven ... Kogus Yasar


Yusuf is a Turkish political activist whose work with a group of revolutionaries earned him a long stay in prison. He is released after ten years when he's diagnosed with a severe respiratory illness, and returns home to the small town near the Black Sea where his mother lives. His homecoming gets off to a rocky start when his dog doesn't recognize him, and while his mother is happy he's back, she can't offer him the emotional and spiritual comfort he needs after a decade in jail. Mikail, a close friend of his from their school days, decides his old pal needs a vacation, and they head to Rize, a resort town by the sea shore. Mikail rents a couple of rooms at a cheap motel and rounds up a pair of hookers to entertain them, Eka and Maria. Yusuf isn't in the mood for cheap sex and refuses to spend the night with Eka, but as they get to know one another, the two begin to bond and Yusuf finds a kindred spirit in a woman whose life has taken her places she never wanted to go. Written by Mark Deming

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Sadness and Sadness
5 August 2020 | by das-dSee all my reviews

Sonbahar represents a realm that metaphorically speaking belongs to silence. Yousuf seems to have that depth with which he can journey from speech to whisper to silence.This film took sadness to a height what I have rarely witnessed in films. The Russian hooker, who is a very young mother too, says to Yousuf, "You know, you seem like you don't live in the present. ... It's like you've walked off the pages of a Russian novel." Exactly that is the point. Everything is past for Yousuf -- even his sadness too -- which is now blank because, as Michail says, everything has gone -- even socialism. Now their girls become hookers. Yousuf remains in the past, he is past everything -- even pains and all. The young boy whom he tries to teach rejects him too. All the memories of university jail and all come like scattered pictures. And that exactly is the depth of blankness depicted in this film. The sad hooker goes away. Only waves rise and fall -- rise and fall -- and everything ends with a death -- a procession of death walking through the valleys. And one thing to say, the eaarlier review by 'eray-basma' mentioned that Sonbahar tries to be like Tarkovsky. I do not know why she/he said it. But, on my part I can say, for more than the last four decades Tarkovsky is like a god to me, both Tarkovsky and his poet father are like a milestone to me in human culture. But not a single time I remembered him during the movie. When it is only sadness and sadness -- the sadness becomes blank and all pervading. Sonbahar is that. Salute to the director.

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19 December 2008 (Turkey) See more »

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Autumn See more »

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Camlihemsin, Turkey See more »


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