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My Only Sunshine (2008)

Hayat Var (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 5 March 2009 (Greece)
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Hayat, her father and bedridden grandfather live in a riverside shack near the dangerously dark but breathtakingly beautiful waters of the Bosphorus. Hayat's father owns a small boat that ... See full summary »

Director:

Reha Erdem

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Reha Erdem
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Cast

Credited cast:
Elit Iscan ... Hayat
Erdal Besikçioglu ... Father
Levent Yilmaz ... Grandfather
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nilufer Alptekin Nilufer Alptekin ... Double in the Garden
Mithat Altunel Mithat Altunel ... Choir
Dogukan Ates Dogukan Ates ... Dancer
Aybek Ayan Aybek Ayan ... Choir
Önder K. Açikbas ... Policeman
Serdar Bakioglu Serdar Bakioglu ... Double in the Car
Ismail Basoz Ismail Basoz ... Schoolmaster
Busra Baykara Busra Baykara ... Choir
Asil Buyukozcelik Asil Buyukozcelik ... Double in the Garden
Steven Chen Steven Chen ... Asian
Yasarcan Cobanguc Yasarcan Cobanguc ... Choir
Tugçe Demirbilek Tugçe Demirbilek ... Dancer
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Hayat, her father and bedridden grandfather live in a riverside shack near the dangerously dark but breathtakingly beautiful waters of the Bosphorus. Hayat's father owns a small boat that secures the family's survival through a miscellany of not always lawful ventures. Beyond the motion and romance of the water, Hayat's life is harsh and unrelenting. But Hayat has an instinct for survival. Her capacity for courage, endurance and hope in the face of these trials suggest that there is Life despite the manifold injustices of an unjust world. Written by American Film Market

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Drama

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Not Rated
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Aklim Takildi
Performed by Orhan Gencebay
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A powerful story of a suburban girl
30 November 2014 | by barlasremziSee all my reviews

The film successfully captures the handicaps and dangers of growing up in a poor neighborhood and the inner world of a teenager girl (Hayat, meaning "life" in Turkish) who learns how to strive and defend against all threats all by herself. Hayat has no choice but to grow up fast, sadly having no joys of a childhood. She is introvert, and lacking communications makes her disliked by her teachers and she does not seem to have any real friends. In one scene, she bribes the kids at school, in the hopes of being liked and accepted by them. Letting go is so easy but yet she keeps the hope for a better day. I think that the "arabesque" songs by Orhan Gencebay were a good choice for this film. Besides Director Reha Erdem, young talent Elit İşcan (Hayat) deserves a lot of credit for this successful movie and I hope we will be seeing her in other successful work in future.


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Turkey | Greece | Bulgaria

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Turkish | English

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5 March 2009 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

Meu Raio de Sol See more »

Filming Locations:

Istanbul, Turkey

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$51,414
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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