Clair Obscur is very much a tale of contrasts. Sehnaz (Funda Eryigit) is a resident psychiatrist at a hospital on Turkey's Blacksea coast. She is a glamorous figure, stylishly dressed with a comfortable home and a handsome lover in Cem (Mehmet Kurtulus). She has professional standing, personal contentment and a sense of control over her own destiny. If Sehnaz is the lipstick-wearing face of a forward-looking Turkey then teenager Elmas (Ecem Uzun) is very much the embodiment of conservative traditions that refuse to fade away. Elmas is the wife of a much older man and is a virtual slave, cooking, cleaning and tending to the needs of her demanding, disapproving mother-in-law. Shenaz considers sex to be a pleasure and looks forwards to her weekends in the arms of Cem. Elmas regards it as a painful obligation as she submits to a husband who shows little tenderness or concern for her well-being. On the surface, the two women could hardly be more different. The aftermath of tragic events ...