When We Leave

Synopsis: German-born Umay flees her oppressive marriage in Istanbul, taking her young son Cem with her. She hopes to find a better life with her family in Berlin, but her unexpected arrival creates intense conflict. Her family is trapped in their conventions, torn between their love for her and the traditional values of their community. Ultimately they decide to return Cem to his father in Turkey. To keep her son, Umay is forced to move again. She finds the inner strength to build a new life for herself and Cem, but her need for her family's love drives her to a series of ill-fated attempts at reconciliation. What Umay doesn't realize is just how deep the wounds have gone and how dangerous her struggle for self-determination has become...
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Feo Aladag
Production: Olive Films
  30 wins & 12 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
119 min


Are you ready?


Does it hurt?

I'm fine.

Mommy where were you?

Thank you.

Enjoy your meal.

So, how is Melek?

Much better.

Now eat properly, son.

Melek will get better, God willing.

I'm sure she was happy to see you.

We didn't go to Aunt Melek's.

Be quiet and eat.

We waited really long for Mommy.

I told you to eat!

Open your mouth.

Are you deaf?

Stop it, Kemal!

Eat your food!

Come back here!

Come back here!

Don't, Kemal!

What are you doing?

Leave him alone!

Get out of my way!

Don't hurt him!

Get in there!

Zeynep, come on! We're late.


My child...


Why didn't you tell us you were coming?


Look how tall you've grown!

- Hello!

Hello, my darling!

You're so big.

Come in! Come!

Where's Kemal?

So what do we do now?

I missed you so much.

It's so nice to have you here.



Let me take that.

Let me kiss your hand, Father.

Umay! What a surprise!

Cem, come here.

Hurry up!

Where's Kemal?

In Istanbul.

Have a seat.


If you'd let us know,

we would have picked you up.

You're so much bigger

than you were in the pictures.

Show me your hands.

My Lord! Look at that...

They're so big.

When's Kemal coming?

In a few days, for sure.

He's got a lot of work.

Are you ticklish?

Catch me, Grandpa!

- You bet I'll catch you.

Stop that!

Your father has high blood pressure.

He shouldn't get too excited.

How's the cafe doing?

Good. Kemal fixed it up.

Why don't you open another one?

You could even open one here.

That would be nice.

He's not coming.

He's not coming?

What's that supposed to mean?


What are you doing here?

Sit down.

Sit down!

What took you so long?

I was doing stuff.

When did you get here?

She's not staying long.

Mind your own business.

Did you say something?

You heard me.

What did you say?

Are you deaf or something?

- What did you say?

Are you deaf?

Sit down!

Finish your meal!

He didn't meant it like that.

It's exactly what he meant.

Mehmet says you'll make Cem a bastard

if you take him away from Kemal.

You've grown up.

He looks like you.

I was a lot fatter.

She was homesick...

I know... I know...

But you know how young women can be.

It's only for a few days.

She's very sad.

She doesn't want to upset you.

Please, tell Kemal.


God bless you.

Where's Cem?

Don't get upset, my child.

Your father took him

to Friday prayers.

Why didn't you wake me?

I wanted to let you sleep in.

Eat something, my child.

You're so skinny.

Remember, how you fought

your brother for this seat?

Now you're back in your favorite chair.

If only you talked to Kemal...

We just don't get along.

It will never work.

Things aren't always exactly

how we'd like them to be, my child.

No matter what, you cannot

separate your son from his father.

I'm miserable, Mom.

Is that what you want?

I can't do it anymore.

I'm exhausted.

You told me you'd be here for me,

no matter what.

Let's make a ball.

Going out?

Yes, Mother.

I'll be back at five.

I've got to go.

I'll be back in three hours.

You can't do that.

- Wait for me.

Hey, wait!


Holy Sh*t! I don't believe it!

Do you wish you'd have kept the baby?

He'll never change.

I missed you.

I missed you, too.

A lot.

Is this how a man behaves?

I'm sorry. We were in the park.

I lost track of time.

Act like a man! Understood?

- Yes.

A real man acts like one!




You're in love!

He's got such beautiful hands.

Beautiful hands?


We're getting married.

You're too young, Rana.

Look at me.


Leave me alone.

I know what I'm doing.

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Feo Aladag

Feo Aladag is an Austrian film director, screenwriter, producer, and actress best known for her film When We Leave, which won the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival. more…

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