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Nobody's Home (2013)

Köksüz (original title)
The story of four people who cannot manage to become a family again after a loss and who destroy themselves with each passing day.


Deniz Akcay Katiksiz (as Deniz Akçay)


Deniz Akcay Katiksiz (as Deniz Akçay)
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Credited cast:
Ahu Türkpençe ... Feride
Lale Basar Lale Basar ... Nurcan
Savas Alp Basar Savas Alp Basar ... Ilker
Melis Ebeler Melis Ebeler ... Özge
Mihriban Er Mihriban Er ... Gülten
Sekvan Serinkaya Sekvan Serinkaya ... Gülaga
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mert Bostanci Mert Bostanci ... Halil
Hatice Lütfiye Dinçer Hatice Lütfiye Dinçer ... Grandmother / Anneanne
Murat Emir Eren Murat Emir Eren ... Repairman / Usta
Ufuk Hakan Eren Ufuk Hakan Eren ... Doctor
Ibrahim Erkan Ibrahim Erkan ... Hamdi
Umay Karabece Umay Karabece ... Feride's Boss
Hakan Onat Hakan Onat ... Hakan
Muhittin Simsek Muhittin Simsek ... Bodyguard


Feride, a young woman, whose world is destroyed by the sudden death of her father, has to take the role of father in his orphaned family. Now she has to take care of her desperate mother and two siblings. Over time, she adheres to this role she has assumed and begins to act as a real head of the house. However, this situation drags each family member into a drama that is difficult to describe. Mother Nurcan desperately replaces her husband, whose daughter Feride lost, while her brother Ilker is disturbed by the responsibility given to Feride and begins to move away from his family. On the other hand, he r sister Özge's struggle with loneliness continues at full speed. Feride makes a decision to get rid of this heavy burden, and this decision changes everyone's destiny. Written by Wiki

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Unsentimental Portrait of A Single Mother and Her Family
7 October 2014 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee all my reviews

Set in the rain-washed streets of an Izmir winter, KOKSUZ (NOBODY'S HOME) focuses on the life of single mother Nurcan (Lale Basar) faced with the responsibility of looking after three children - thirty- two-year-old Feride (Ahu Turkpence), seventeen-year-old Ilker (Savas Alp Basar), and the youngest daughter Ozge (Melis Ebeler). She finds the job almost impossible: Ilker keeps quitting the house and staying at a friend's; Feride yearns to escape; while Ozge tries her best to remain loyal. The only way Nurcan can cope is to clean her apartment every day; her obsession becomes almost all-consuming as she claims to have always too much to do.

Deniz Akcay's film offers a relentlessly unsentimental take on her material. There is no real possibility of resolution: Nurcan will always remain imprisoned by her circumstances, while the offspring have to try to cope as best they can. Feride looks for a way out through betrothal to Gulaga (Sevkan Serinkaya), but Nurcan thoroughly disapproves. Ilker tries to act tough by smoking pot and making love to his best friend's mother; but in truth he is looking for some kind of a role-model. The sequence where he breaks down and cries on his grandmother's (Mihriban Er's) knee is particularly affecting.

The film is deliberately shot in washed-out colors, reflecting the grayness of the characters' existence. Traditionally speaking, Izmir is known as a sun-drenched city, the gateway to Aegean holiday resorts such as Kusadasi and Foca. Akcay sets the action during midwinter, when the streets are drenched with rain, the skies gray, the buildings towering threateningly over the characters. The city is an oppressive presence, especially for Nurcan as she ventures tentatively outside and takes the ferry across the bay.

KOLSUZ is a modest feature, shot on a low budget, but Akcay has a good grasp of characterization and dramatic conflict in sequences shot through the shot/reverse shot strategy. Definitely worth a watch.

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Release Date:

14 March 2014 (Turkey) See more »

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Nobody's Home See more »

Filming Locations:

Izmir, Turkey

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2.35 : 1
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