Lovelorn (film)

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Gonul Yarasi.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Yavuz Turgul
Produced by Ömer Vargı
Mustafa Oğuz
Mine Vargı
Written by Yavuz Turgul
Starring Şener Şen
Meltem Cumbul
Timuçin Esen
Music by Tamer Çıray
Cinematography Soykut Turan
Distributed by Warner Bros
Release date
  • January 5, 2005 (2005-01-05)
Running time
138 mins.
Country Turkey
Language Turkish

Lovelorn (Turkish: Gönül Yarası) is a 2005 Turkish drama film, written and directed by Yavuz Turgul, starring Şener Şen as a teacher recently returned to Istanbul who must protect a nightclub singer from her violent ex-husband. The film, which went on nationwide general release across Turkey on January 5, 2005 (2005-01-05), won awards at film festivals in Antalya, Palm Springs and New York.


Nazım, a primary school teacher, returns to Istanbul from his posting in the east . He temporarily takes on a job as a taxi driver with the help of his friend Atakan. One night he picks up Dünya, a singer at a club and after striking up a friendship, becomes her driver. While Nazım is waiting for Dünya to finish her performance one night, she is attacked by a man. Dünya is injured, and is rushed to the hospital by Nazım.

Dünya reveals that he is her ex-husband Halil, who wants to take away their daughter Melek. Nazım takes Dünya and Melek into his home but Halil continues to stalk them. Halil reveals to Nazım that he still loves Dünya and wants to remarry her to start over a new life. After he gives his word, Dünya and Melek leave with them. Meanwhile, Nazım faces up to his failed obligations to his own children Mehmet and Piraye.

One day, Nazım gets a phone call from Dünya asking for protection from Halil who has gone back to his old ways. Nazım travels to meet Dünya at the otobus terminal, but Halil gets wind of this and confronts them there. Halil asks Dünya to sing a folk song to him for the last time, before he would let her go. Halil is euphoric when he hears Dunya singing passionately, but then realises that it isn't directed at him, but at Nazım. Halil becomes enraged and shoots Dünya. He then turns the gun on himself, after leaving Melek in Nazım's care.



The film won three awards at the 42nd Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival: Best Actor (Şener Şen), Best Supporting Actor (Timuçin Esen) and Best Music (Tamer Çıray). Timuçin Esen was awarded the Best Supporting Actor at the 27th SİYAD Awards. Additionally it was named Best Film at the International Queens Film Festival.[1]


  1. ^ " Awards for Gönül Yarası". Retrieved 2010-03-16. 

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