Bihter, who is desperate for love, sees Adnan, a wealthy and respected older guy, as a way out of the stereotype that society and her materialistic mother have given her. But she soon discovers that she is not satisfied with his attention and has other needs.
Uploaded by: FREEMAN November 15, 2023 at 06:32 PM
The costumes and surroundings portraying early 20th century Istanbul was astoundingly good and well crafted. Every room had a life of own.
Didn't deviate to much from the novel (except for the ending). The reason this is an positive point is that the story in the novel is really well crafted so there is no need to change up the story too much.
Inner monologue was portrayed by breaking the third wall and speaking to the audience. This would be fine if done in moderation. It had an impact on the story altogether, constant impressions of the main character decreased the emotion in almost all scenes.
Aside from the main cast no real exploration of the side characters, they were like npc's, couldn't empathize with the characters that much.
Reviewed by aisha-kurt2 / 10
Disappointing even for low expectations
As a crazed fan of the TV show, I watched this film with the lowest expectations, clear of any prejudice.
Sadly, the story telling and the need to tell the whole thing in a less-than-two-hours movie certainly was a poor choice, especially with Bihter constantly breaking the fourth wall (well, during the entire movie, almost) cheapens it all. I don't even mention the lack of detail in terms of the correct portrayal of the era, but I saw it as a conscious choice for the movie to look pleasant to internatinal viewers, rather than being factual.
Probably the only 'average' thing I could mention is cinematography. The rest is so sloppy, it was a total waste of my time. Plus, casting the very youthful Hande Ataizi for the role of Firdevs is just beyond my comprehension.
Reviewed by xykatexy5 / 10
It's not actually that bad.
This movie has a big disadvantage: it is an adaptation of a novel that has already been very successfully adapted.
The novel, Aski Memnu (literal translation: Forbidden Love) by Halit ZIya Usakligil, has been adapted into a tv series of the same name, only modernised, in 2008. This series was iconic at its time: while the episodes were airing streets of Turkey were empty, and the two lead actors were literally catapulted into super-stardom after this series.
It is, therefore, not a surprise that any other adaptation receives less favorable reviews. This movie and the main actress have been dragged way more than they should have been even before the movie premiered. The movie actually takes on a slightly different stance on the story, focusing way more on Bihter than on any other character, and also putting the story in a different time period. I found this adaptation to be alright.
If I really have to compare it to the series, I do prefer the series. But I still think this movie is undeserving of such a low rating. I found the story to be well told, with the theatrical nature to it. The only thing I disliked was Bihter talking to the screen every so often. Usually I'm not opposed to alternative choices in movie-making, but here it somehow did not speak to me.
The movie removes the desperate Bihter: she still turns mad, but she takes her madness with her and embraces it fully, instead of drowning in her desperation (the novel and the series have this desperation approach). The ending scene with Bihter's red dress dragging behind her is so beautiful I had to rewatch it multiple times.
Overall: this is really not as bad as people are making it out to be. It encompasses all the topics very nicely and the costumes and scene design is very satisfying to the eye. The movie should, however, be considered separately from the series, because they do not have the same approach to the original material.