Love, Bitter

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Love, Bitter
Theatrical poster
Directed by A. Taner Elhan
Produced by Timur Savcı
Written by Onur Ünlü
Starring Halit Ergenc
Cansu Dere
Ezgi Asaroğlu
Songül Öden
Ozan Osmanpaşaoğlu
Music by Fairuz Derin Bulut
Cinematography Vedat Özdemir
Distributed by Tiglon Film
Release date
  • December 18, 2009 (2009-12-18)
Running time
92 minutes
Country Turkey
Language Turkish
Box office US$778,966

Love, Bitter (Turkish: Acı Aşk) is a 2009 Turkish drama film co-produced and directed by A. Taner Elhan, about a literature professor caught in a dangerous love quadrangle. The film, which went on nationwide general release across Turkey on December 18, 2009 (2009-12-18), was screened in competition at the 29th International Istanbul Film Festival.[1]


The film was shot in 30 days beginning on July 24, 2009 (2009-07-24) at the Film Sokağı Studios and on location in Eskişehir and Istanbul, Turkey.


Orhan, who works as a literature professor at a university in Eskisehir (a city in Central Anatolia), unexpectedly ends his relationship with Ayşe whom he was planning to marry, and comes to Istanbul where he meets Oya. After living possibly the happiest days of his life with Oya, who is a photographer, Orhan finds himself in the midst of a challenging love triangle as a result of the horrible things they encounter the first days of their marriage. Meanwhile, his new student Seda, pulls Orhan towards a point of no return. Tough days are ahead for Orhan whose life is turned upside down, torn between three women.


General release[edit]

The film opened on general release in 74 screens across Turkey on December 18, 2009 (2009-12-18) at number six in the Turkish box office chart with an opening weekend gross of US$220,273.[2]

Festival screenings[edit]


Box Office[edit]

The film was in the Turkish box office charts for eight weeks and has made a total gross of US$778,966.[2]


Emrah Güler, writing in Hürriyet Daily News, describes the film as, "similar to last week’s release of novelist-cum-filmmaker Tuna Kiremitçi's Adını Sen Koy (You Name It)", and states that, "this film portrays another love triangle of the upper-middle class and is set in Eskişehir." He concludes that, "the trailer promises lame a dialog [sic]", and he recommends the film to, "those who get a kick out of cardboard characters and far-from-subtle cliché romances as found in a recent avalanche of Turkish TV series."[4]


  1. ^ "This week in theaters". Today's Zaman. 2009-12-19. Retrieved 2010-08-08. 
  2. ^ a b "ACI ASK". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 
  3. ^ "Tolstoy, Salome to vie for Golden Tulip at İstanbul film festival". Today's Zaman. 2010-03-11. Retrieved 2010-08-08. 
  4. ^ Güler, Emrah (2009-12-17). "Week At The Movies: Cameron returns with 'Avatar'". Hürriyet Daily News. Retrieved 2010-08-08. 

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