Directed by Mehmet Ada Ãztekin, âLove Me Withinâ or âBeni Ãok Sevâ is a Turkish drama film. The story follows Musa (Sarp Akkaya), a convicted felon who is released on parole for a day so he can see his daughter Yonca for the first time in 14 years. Accompanied by correctional officer Sedat, Musa meets his mother, his ex-wife and Yonca. However, he soon begins to realize that something is wrong at all about all of this. The girl who was introduced to him as Yonca is not his daughter. The real Yonca was killed and the information was then withheld from him. Overwhelmed by grief, Musa devotes himself to finding out what really happened.
âLove Me Insteadâ is a serious story of loss, acceptance and redemption. If this has made you wonder if the film is based on actual events, this is what you need to know.
Love me instead a true story?
No, ‘Love Me Place’ is not based on a true story. Ãztekin himself wrote the script for the film. The talented filmmaker has already obtained international recognition for âKaybedenler KulÃ¼bÃ¼ Yoldaâ and âMartilarin Efendisiâ. His 2019 film ‘Miracle in Cell No. 7’ is a Turkish adaptation of the 2013 South Korean film of the same name. It received a large positive response and was even sent to the 93rd Academy Awards as Turkey’s official entry into the Best International Feature Film category, but ultimately did not receive a nomination.
Turkey has emerged as a powerhouse in the global entertainment landscape in recent years through projects such as âDirilis: Ertugrulâ (âResurrection: Ertugrulâ), âKulÃ¼pâ (âThe Clubâ) and âThe Protectorâ. Undoubtedly few people know that Turkey has produced powerful social drama films for a long time. The 2008 film “Three Monkeys” won the Best Director Award (for Nuri Bilge Ceylan) at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and was shortlisted for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at the 81st Academy Awards.
Thematically, âLove Me Withinâ resonates with universal themes like fatherhood, grief, redemption, crime and addiction. As a result, it is inherently appealing to anyone interested in watching movies with these elements, as long as they are ready to overcome the barrier of subtitles. âLove Me Withinâ is candid about the devastating effect that imprisoning a father can potentially have on his family. He also dives deep into the raw pain of a father who loses his child, then follows him as he slowly finds his way to acceptance and healing.
As its protagonist is a convicted inmate, the film inevitably addresses social ills such as crime and drugs. However, he does so with compassion and with the understanding that circumstances can lead anyone down these unsavory paths. So while âLove Me Placeâ isn’t based on a true story, it’s perfectly understandable if you think it is.
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