Somersault in a Coffin

Synopsis: Mahsun is homeless and unemployed. He lives in Rumelihisari (one of the most picturesque and oldest quarters of Istanbul), and tries to stay alive with the help of local fishermen. Mahsun loves cars, he steals at nights and in the mornings he drives them back clean and well kept. He lives to emphasize the strange togetherness of possibilities and impossibilities. In this togetherness, Mahsun experiences friendship, trust, a one-way love affair and torture. He insists to survive in his open-air coffin of ancient Istanbul streets.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Dervis Zaim
  16 wins & 3 nominations.
76 min

We'll sell the fish to the restaurant.

There wasn't much this morning.

I will be in the restaurant.


Are we going

to the fish market?

Not much fish this

morning. We're here.

Raki or cognac?

Mahsun, off you go.

Sari...hey, Sari! Wake up.

-I got it man.

Let's sleep on the boat.

-Nah! I will be in the boathouse.

It's freezing there. It's right

in the middle of ....

Well, Reis makes a lot of fuss.

-What kind of fuss?

Don't you remember what

he did last time?

He hurts people when

he's cross with them.

He says ''Don't sleep on my boat''.

-Don't take his words seriously.

What did he say

the other day?

You smartass! Either talk

or get the f*** off!

Go sleep at a

construction site.

Wake up! Where is

the BMW, jerk?

Which BMW?

-Don't pretend you didn't or..

I'll kick your ass!

-I didn't do anything. I swear!

If you didn't steal

then who did?

Tell me!

Where's the BMW?

I'll crush your head.

Tell me!

I didn't steal it.

Tell me!

-I was at the coffee house.

I didn't steal the BMW!

Sorry to disturb you, but

it's an important case.


-You know Mahsun.

Was he at the coffee

house tonight?


Sari, Sari... Hey!

Sari! Get up!

Wake up! We've got a car!

-Leave me alone!

Get up! Sari, get up!

-Why should I, man?

Get up! A car!

-What do I care?

You a**hole. You'll get frozen!

-I won't! F*** off!

Do as you like.

Go to hell!

My boss...

My boss ran

over the dog.

Was it a car? Did you

run over the dog?

-Yes! I mean no!

My boss did.

Hold on a second pretty girl!

Let's examine your eyes.

I guess we will

need an X-ray.

Where did the dog get hit by

the car? I mean your boss...

Mr. Ahmet!


Did you steal a car?

Hey! Now you

are in deep sh*t!

It was cold!

The Police was looking

for you and Sari.


-Not more than half an hour ago.

Where's Sari?

-I don't know!

Weren't you together?




Settle all your accounts with

him and leave him in peace.

May he

rest in peace!


-Mahsun, it's me, man!

We are at the shore! We lit a fire!

For Sari! I came to take you.

Did you bury him?

I better not come. The

Police is looking for me.

Reis said they would not bother you

today. We informed..

the police about Sari's death.

Listen to me, knucklehead!

I won't come.

-This is ridiculous!

I'd better not come!

-We've talked to the police.

This place is better!

This dog took Sari Kemal to

construction sites many times.

When our late friend got pissed, this dog

would lead him..

to a place he could

spend the night.

Are you hungry?

Shall we buy you bread?

But he'd be around only

when Sari was dead drunk.

Reis, this is my turn.

-Right! He wouldn't follow..

him at other times.

-You understand us, don't you?

Tell me, tell me you do!

Do you really understand..

when we can't

make it home?

I wonder how he grasps it.

I mean, when you pretend to..

be drunk would he figure

out you're pretending?

Definitely, at once!

-How come?

If your breath smells booze

and if you're swaying about..

he'd think

you're drunk.

Animals have...

what was it called?

Sixth sense?

-That's it!

Sari once woke up in a

Sivas Kangal's kennel.

The dog did not hurt him,

did not even touch him.


-Dogs see the world different.

They both have a sixth sense and they

see black and white.

What has that to do with

sensing a drunkard?

In some cold regions, dogs have

a barrel of booze around their..

necks so that when people

drink it they don't get frozen.

The dog comes and finds them

no matter how far they are.

Your contributions please.

-How can a dog carry a barrel?

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