Synopsis: Poet Yusuf (35-38) returns to his childhood hometown, which he hadn't visited for years, upon his mother's death. He is faced with a neglected, crumbling house. Ayla, a young girl (17-19) awaits him there. Yusuf has been unaware of the existence of this distant relation who had been living with his mother for five years; He stays by his dead mother's bedside for a while on the morning of his return. Ayla's presence alleviates the emotions evoked by death to an extent. But how will Yusuf cope with the guilt that embraces him after the funeral? Will he manage to overcome it? The maternal household's chattels, and everyday habits, the staid rhythm of the provinces and the spaces filled with ghosts&; The town he once had left to escape all this, re-enchants Yusuf. Yusuf finds out on the day he's due to return to Istanbul that he is obliged to perform the sacrifice his mother had been prevented by death from fulfilling. Ayla pressures him. Yusuf and Ayla set off for the saint's tomb, some t
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Semih Kaplanoglu
  27 wins & 1 nomination.
97 min


Hello, Hello. Yusuf?

I'm calling from Tire. You

need to call home. Right away.

- I'm sorry. We're closed.

- Hi.

I was surprised to find a used

bookstore open at this hour.

What are you looking for?

I'm going to a party and I need

a present. Can I look around?

Do you have a

cookbook, for instance?

Should be one, down on the right.

These were inside the book. Someone

must have forgotten them.

- Must be recipes.

- Keep them.

- No. How much is this book?

- The price is on the back.

Could I exchange it for this

bottle of wine?


- Thanks. Good night.

- You too.

Our sympathies.

Yusuf, my son. Don't be sad.

Death comes to all of us.

What can we do?

It's the will of Allah.

Let Allah protect those

who are left on this earth.

Our sympathies.

Our sympathies.

- My condolences, son.

- Thank you.

Got any water? Hurry

up and bring some.

- Hello.

- Hi, welcome.

- Hair or beard?

- Beard.

Ok then.

- There's tea. Will you have one?

- Ok.

- Thanks.

- Sugar?


If you're hungry, there's a lot of food.

The neighbor brought us food.

How nice of them.

I hung your jacket in your room;

and there is a clean towel in the toilet.

- Enjoy your food.

- Thanks.

- Would you like some quince?

- No, thanks.

- Have a seat.

- OK.

They brought them from Bulgurca.

There is a lot of quince this year.

- Those orchards are still around?

- Yes.

We went there last

on the Spring festival.

We had some relatives there.

Aunt Keriman.

Yes, we visited them.

- How are they?

- They're very old now.

- Is this Grandmother?

- Yes.

- That is your father.

- My father has bloomed.

- This is Uncle Necih, right?

- Yes.

I still see these in my dreams.

- Aren't you afraid of them?

- They're flowers.

- My mother used to talk to them, right?

- Yes.

- She used to chat with them all the time.

- And you?


- Who is that, in the middle?

- Your Uncle Rahmi...

- Uncle Rahmi died?!

- Didn't you know that?

Happened more than four years ago.

- Sure. And you are Uncle Rahmi's...

- Granddaughter.

- Granddaughter. Yes.

- Ayla.

- Ayla.

- Yes.

- I'll bring some tea.

- Ok.


Ayla, thank you very much for

taking care of my mother.

- I have to leave tomorrow for Istanbul.

- I...

- Yes.

- Before she died...

...Mother Zehra had promised

a holy offering at Birgi.

I mean... Now you've

got to do it for her.


Yes... She promised

to sacrifice a ram.

Let me give you what

is necessary. You do it.

But you've got to do it.

- I can't sacrifice a ram.

- Why not? It would only take 3-4 hours.

I don't believe in

those kinds of things.

This is a promise your mother made.

Think of it as a debt she has.

Do it for Mother Zehra's sake.

OK... Let's sort it out the next

time I visit, in the summer maybe.

It's up to you...

Milk! Milk!

Milk! Milk!

I'll buy two liters.

Take this.

Come on, come inside.

- Did you give Mrs. Asiye her pot?

- Yes.

- Did you visit Emine?

- Yes.

Go see if the hen's laid any eggs...




- No eggs... None!

- Look carefully!


- Keep it.

- Take it.

- Have you got a stiff back?

- It is Ok.

- Because of the bed?

- No. I guess I am very tired.

Oh goodness!

- Want some milk?

- No, I should go out.

There are some things of Mother

Zehra's that I need to give you.

Ok, but I'm not leaving now.

I have things to do in town.

The passage you have read is

from "Pearl", a novel of Steinbeck.

This passage is a very short

part that tells the story of Kino.

If you read the whole novel, you will see

several events that develop out of one.

And you will meet a wide variety

of personality types and...

...characters interacting within

a wide place and time frame.

- Yes?

- Is the lawyer here?

He went to Izmir on business...

Come in. I can help you.

- Is he going to return today?

- Not today, tomorrow...

- OK then I'll come back tomorrow.

- Mr Yusuf? I can write a petition...

...if it is about inheritance.

- And you are...

- I'm Mehmet, Muharrem Yilmaz's son...

Would you like some tea?

Can I have your ID please?

Driving license won't work;

we need your ID.

I don't have it with me.

- Because your ID number is necessary.

- What should I do?

Can you call someone to fax it?


- I can't get a connection here.

- The office is out of range.

- You can call from the yard.

- Ok.

Hello? How are you?

All right I guess.

I'm in Tire. My mother just

passed away. Thanks.

No, I'm coming back.

She's buried already...

...but I have to settle some

things up. That's why I called you.

Would you go to my shop?

My ID is in the drawer.

I'll give you a telephone

number, can you fax it?

Ok. Thanks. Thank you.

What happened to you,

son? Did you fall down?

Smell the onion.

Son, wake up.

What happened to you son...

You fell down... Did you hurt yourself?

Try sitting up, son. Stand up now.

What happened to you?

Are you in pain?

Come on. I will help you up.


Stand up, let me bring

you there, drink water.


Come along.


Come, let me give you some water.

Slowly, slowly.

Let me give you some water.

Drink it, you'll feel better.

You'll feel better.

Do you feel pain

anywhere? You fell down.

Which mosque just

chanted the death notice?

There was no death notice now,

son. It was in the morning.

It is not the time for death notice.

- You must have heard wrong.

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