In a small Turkish town, two young tuberculous poets try to survive while publishing their poems. As they both fall in love, their life would never be the same.


Yilmaz Erdogan


Yilmaz Erdogan
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Credited cast:
Kivanç Tatlitug ... Muzaffer Tayyip Uslu
Mert Firat Mert Firat ... Rustu Onur
Belçim Bilgin ... Suzan Özsoy
Farah Zeynep Abdullah ... Mediha Sessiz
Yilmaz Erdogan ... Behcet Necatigil
Ahmet Mümtaz Taylan ... Zikri Ozsoy
Taner Birsel ... Ismail Uslu
Selman Ünlüsoy Selman Ünlüsoy ... Hasta (as Selman Unlusoy)
Ipek Bilgin Ipek Bilgin ... Muzaffer's Mother
Aksel Bonfil Aksel Bonfil ... Kürsat
Devrim Yakut ... Fikriye Onur
Salih Kalyon ... Battal
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Miray Akay
Abdullah Arslan Abdullah Arslan ... Apo
Adem Atbas Adem Atbas ... Fatih


Last days of 1941 summer, the era of Obligation, during the famine atmosphere of the Second World War. In the middle of all this poverty and turmoil, there are two poets in their early twenties: Muzaffer Tayyip Uslu and Rustu Onur. They have been carrying tuberculosis germs in their lungs and love of poetry in their hearts for years. Two poets who have the constant habit of making bets on things that they do not own, make a bet on a beautiful girl. They will both write a poem for her and whichever Suzan likes, the other will fade from the scene.. Written by Anonymous

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When they travel to Istanbul with a ship, a radio newscast announces that the Japanese have attacked Pearl Harbor. Pearl Harbor attack was on December 7, 1941, which was winter time in Turkey. Back in the 40's, winters were very strong and they can't be traveling on the deck of the ship without coats or any kind of winter wear as depicted in the movie. See more »


Muzaffer Tayyip Uslu: They'll say of me When I'm gone "All he did was write poetry" "And wander, hands in pockets, On rainy nights" "Too bad,"they'll say after reading my diary "What a hapless man" "Being defeated by poverty"
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Music and lyrics: Özer Altin
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A story of achievers whom vanished before the world knows them.
22 September 2014 | by Reno-RanganSee all my reviews

A Turkish biographical drama selected to represent the country in the 86th Academy Awards and as we know it was not nominated. The 'Rhino Season' actor starred in a prominent role and directed the movie. This was not a based on the famous people, I don't know honesty, but it is only a my guess after seeing the movie.

It is set in a small Turkish mining town around the time when the second world war was fought in Europe. It talks about two close friends Rustu and Muzaffer in their twenties who aspires to become poets. Craze about typewriters and their life depends on the poem they publish it in the book and weekly magazines. One day they meet a beautiful young women Suzan, daughter of a wealthy businessman and after that their life instantly change with lots of adventures and sorrow.

''If a poet spends too long in a poetic setting with a philistine, his poetry dries up.''

I loved the cast and performances. To see their act it was so real, a soul filling character representation. And then the fourth one called Mediha introduced when the story marched almost to the end, but she was good as well alongside the director himself as the fifth main role. The love story was very interesting, but can't say awesome, especially when it ends with a twist that was the moment in the narration peaks so high.

So what's the wrong with the movie was, it did not strengthened exposing characters to the deep. Without initial development it moves on and on to the different set of places in the story. The romance portions were not quite delightful because the whole scenario related to that was like a friendship thing. But it had a reason that only comes out at the end that you have to wait until then.

As from the literature perspective, it was one great inspiring biopic about two faded personalities from the history before the world knowing them. And as from romance and friendship side, it had different level of shades that one can go through in life, I mean like happiness, grief, adventures, survival, disloyal etc. One of the best Turkish movie so far I have seen. Those who are interested in biographical movies and literature should check it out, but remember it is about romance and friendship as well.


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22 February 2013 (Turkey) See more »

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The Butterfly's Dream See more »

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Zonguldak, Turkey See more »


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BKM Film, Bocek Yapim See more »
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