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Everything About Mustafa (2004)

Mustafa Hakkinda Hersey (original title)
A man is forced to confront his past after he loses everything in an accident. Mustafa is a successful business man living a seemingly great life with his family when an accident takes it ... See full summary »

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Çagan Irmak

Writer:

Çagan Irmak
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Credited cast:
Nejat Isler ... Fikret / Ceren's lover
Fikret Kuskan Fikret Kuskan ... Mustafa / Husband
Basak Köklükaya ... Ceren / Wife
Serif Sezer ... Mukadder / Mustafa's mother
Zeynep Eronat Zeynep Eronat ... Selda / woman neighbour at the country
Kutay Köktürk Kutay Köktürk ... Kenan / Mustafa's workmate
Emre Basak Emre Basak ... Mustafa's Brother
Ferit Aktug ... Policeman
Borgahan Gumussoy Borgahan Gumussoy ... Mustafa / child
Vahdet Çakar ... Mustafa's Father
Arda Seçgun Arda Seçgun ... Kerem / Ceren and Mustafa's son
Yaman Tarcan Yaman Tarcan ... janitor / Hademe
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bedia Ener Bedia Ener ... Fikret's mother
Hakan Ka Hakan Ka ... Fired workmate
Arda Secgun Arda Secgun ... Kerem
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A man is forced to confront his past after he loses everything in an accident. Mustafa is a successful business man living a seemingly great life with his family when an accident takes it all away from him and leaves him with many questions and a cab driver, Fikret, who can answer it all. Mustafa is due to get a lot more than what he bargained for, however, as his interrogations take him to long-forgotten childhood memories and force him to see his formerly perfect life from a very different perspective. Written by yusufpiskin

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Actually, nothing is what it seems

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Drama | Thriller

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Bir Derdim Var
Lyrics and Music by Mor ve Otesi
Performed by Mor ve Otesi
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A praiseworthy U-Turn from Self-Destruction
22 December 2009 | by CihanVercanSee all my reviews

Cagan Irmak's second feature-length movie "Mustafa Hakkinda Her Sey" is my favourite from his self-written and self-directed filmography. It's a Crime/Psycho, one of the few samples of this genre. The other most known Crime/Psycho movies are "Taxi Driver(1976)" ,"Natural Born Killers(1994)" ,"American Psycho(2000)" and so on. Each of those films have their own distinguishing features and Mustafa Hakkinda Her Sey has references with them. Cagan Irmak has successfully blended these features into his storyboard.

Starting with the opening scene, where Mustafa appears alone in his car at a night time running amok, we're receiving a conceptual warning to watch him very carefully within an Expressionist cinema language. In order to explain the reasons of his depression accordingly the story takes us to a warm family bliss evening, in which Mustafa is the father. We stay there with the family whole evening, witnessing to an ordinary family portrait but to rich character introductions. The next morning while Mustafa is at work, his only son in school, his wife has a deadly road accident. So the plot begins to develop very quickly. Mustafa runs to the hospital to get two shocking news one after another leading him into a manic depressive psychosis. He begins to rake up his past thinking his wife cheated on him, then his childhood traumas floods back. After his wife's funeral, he kidnaps her date when he's discharged from hospital.

The two leading actors Fikret Kuskan and Nejat Isler, performed their roles very well; especially at the scenes where they acted together. A little issue with Irmak's directing that supporting actors and even walker-ons couldn't square with the depressive mood of the movie. Nejat Isler plays a taxi driver, cross-referencing Robert De Niro in Scorsese's Taxi Driver(1976) with similarities to Travis Bickle character in his world-view and behavior patterns. Fikret Kuskan's character Mustafa portrays Patrick Bateman from American Psycho(2000) way too much better than Christian Bale did. I've read some audience reviews where people think that Mustafa character is unreal. I strongly advise them to search for "American Psycho" and Bret Easton Ellis to realize how ordinary people become psychopathic criminals. Additionally in subplots, the torture scenes were Tarantino style and they resemble Natural Born Killers a lot.

Technical aspects of this film is below average. Irmak is good at catching the best camera angles. Sounds and visuals are good enough to keep the tension through the whole movie. Mor ve Otesi did a noteworthy job in score and soundtracks.

With this film, Irmak presents an important message for whoever has past regrets in painful memories. At the end, his note showed that he dedicates this film in the memory of his father. In the leading role Mustafa experienced that he has done some faults which were at the point of no return. Regrets can kill, they slowly eat away the soul of someone who has done something wrong and they lead eventually to self-destruction. Mustafa refused to die like that. He had irreparable faults in his past. Soon he found out that the past is the way you want to remember it.


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Turkey

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Turkish

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19 March 2004 (Turkey) See more »

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Istanbul, Turkey See more »

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$261,085
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