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ESRA leads two parallel lives. In her worldly life as a Turkish Berliner in a re-united city, the vivacious and spirited Esra adores her family but feels caged in her relationships and ... See full summary »





Credited cast:
Esra Inal Esra Inal ... Esra
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ceylin Adiyaman Ceylin Adiyaman ... Little Esra
Gulay Baltaci Gulay Baltaci ... Havva
Batur Belirdi ... Brother-in-law
Leonie Benesch ... Helen
Grit Boettcher ... Ms. Lobatski (as Gritt Boettcher)
Ilknur Boyraz Ilknur Boyraz ... Aylin
Siir Eloglu ... Hayat
Beyti Engin Beyti Engin ... Hoca
Yilmaz Erdogan ... Dervis
Curtis Erhart Curtis Erhart ... Don Miguel (voice)
Demet Gül Demet Gül ... Sevgi
Ralph Herforth ... Michael
Salih Kalyon ... Mikail
Mehmet Kurtulus ... Sami


ESRA leads two parallel lives. In her worldly life as a Turkish Berliner in a re-united city, the vivacious and spirited Esra adores her family but feels caged in her relationships and languishes in her job. She clashes with the rules imposed on her and continually feels that something is missing, something is wrong, and there must be something more. In her dream life she yearns to discover the identity of the familiar man who visits her dreams and makes her feel whole. Yet the more she attempts to comprehend her dreams, the more deeply they influence her life. While in waking life she struggles in vain, in her dream life she evolves in secret. But what if waking and dreaming were never separate and the real secret is shared by all? A film inspired by real events...

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One of a kind in Turkey, great movie!
5 March 2015 | by alarakeskinSee all my reviews

This film is extraordinary in so many ways. It is about a women named Esra and her transitions in life. She is a free spirit and since a very young age she dealt with adaptation problems. While she was growing up, her dreams were growing up with her too. After a while, her dreams took control of her life and she started to loose control over reality.

The best part of the film is: This story is inspired by a true story; by the story of Esra Inal who is also the main character of the movie! This is her first role ever in a film and she got the chance to play her own story. Her overall performance is 10/10. I honestly think she is an extraordinary women and everybody should see her performance (especially in the fight scenes, just perfect!) Due to the latest news in Turkey, men could feel disturbed by some of the scenes in the film but actually they should not. They all represent oppressive male figures but with Esra they went through a transition too. In the final moments of the film, we see how love spreads all around and melt even the coldest hearts. The power of forgiveness conquers all.

8 Seconds is filled up with so many good and positive messages and everybody would see a part of their own life. We all have Esras, Tayfuns and Mos in our lives. If you didn't watch it yet, I recommend you to clear your mind, give you a 2 hour of free space and watch 8 Seconds. You will definitely enjoy how the film makes you feel in the end.

Missing this film and it's message is a crime. It's a 2 hours long gift for you, appreciate it! Great story, perfect performances, extraordinary women and wonderful director!

Overall value: 9/10 (two thumbs up :)

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27 February 2015 (Turkey) See more »

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