My Father, My Son
My Father and My Son (Babam ve Oglum in Turkish) is a 2005 Turkish film written and directed by Cagan Irmak. In Turkey, the movie was seen by four million cinemagoers in spring 2005 becoming one of the most successful movies in Turkish box-office history.
In order to study journalism at Istanbul University, Sadik leaves his village on the Aegean coast. This angers his father, Huseyin, who wants him to study Agricultural Engineering so he can manage the family farm. During his years at university Sadik becomes politically active. Upon learning about Sadik's behavior, Huseyin disowns him.
However worse days are ahead for Sadik. In the early hours of the morning on September 12, 1980 Sadik's pregnant wife starts having contractions. The couple runs outside, but they can't find anyone to take them to the hospital. The country has been taken over in a military coup. Sadik's wife must give birth in a park and dies, but their son, Deniz, lives.
Because of his political activities, Sadik is arrested, tortured, and imprisoned for three years during which time he loses his health. A few years after being released, he finds out that he is dying. Having no other choice, he takes Deniz back to his family farm on the Aegean into the care of his mother and his father, who still will not speak to him. For Deniz, who is absorbed in the magical world of comic books, meeting his relatives on the farm is a new experience. There is his grandma who drives a tractor and speaks on a short wave radio, his aunt Hanife who wears bracelets from her wrist all the way to her shoulder, and his uncle who is a little slow.
There is trouble in store, however, for Sadik and Huseyin who must come to terms with their past and each other. Sadik also needs to face his first love, now married with two children, and the question of old friends. However his sickness takes over and Sadik passes away. His parents take over the responsibility of Deniz who comes into term with his father's loss.
The film won an award for its soundtrack at the World Soundtrack Awards, awarded to Evanthia Reboutsika.
Cast and crew
Fikret Kukan, Cetin Tekindor, Humeyra Akbay, Serif Sezer, Ege Tanman, Ozge Ozberk, Binnur Kaya, Yetkin Dikinciler, Erdal Tosun, Halit Ergenc, Bilge Sen, Tuba Buyukustun, Nergis Corakci, Mahmut Gokgoz, Muzaffer Demirel, Yakup Yavru,