Süleyman was dispatched to the Korean War in 1950 and he finds a 5 year-old girl all alone in the dark. She lost her parents and couldn’t speak due to shock.
Süleyman names her Ayla, which means ‘moon’ in Turkish, and takes her to his camp.
They come to depend on each other until Süleyman is told to return to his country with the end of the war and he makes a decision despite all resistance to keep Ayla next to him.
(Source : Hancinema)
~~ A co-production with Turkey. Add Synopsis In Portuguese
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I personally had absolutely no expectations for the movie, but the puffy eyes frightened me as I am built near the water. However, every tear was worth it.
The story was appealing to me, because at the time of the Korean War my mother’s uncle was one of the Turkish soldiers, he returned wounded and died leaving a few weeks old daughter behind right upon return. So the story being a true story gives the whole movie an extra notch of authenticity.
The movie shows war in a more human way, not only it’s kill or be killed side. It was told in a way that everyone could see sth from themselves in the story. The Marylin Monroe sequence got me all emotional.
Usually I hate the main actor, but he did such a splendid work in this movie. Also all the other actors, especially the lil girl did a great work.
The OST was really suitable for the movie and fit the emotions. After I came out of the cinema I thought I wouldn’t watch it again, but I think I was wrong as I just watched it on TV 2 days ago.
As a side not, I was at the scene were Süleyman is at the train station, but of course waiting in my train. Every weekday I get through the train station and a few Turkish drama and movie scenes have been filmed at that historic station, so I wasn’t interested in the filming at the time. But in the cinema I remembered the green truck in the background.
Try the movie if you can find it with subs you won’t regret it.