God-Given Ugliness: Kıskanmak (2009)

Released on November 6, 2009, the movie Kıskanmak (Jealousy) takes place in Zonguldak in the 1930s. I can list the names in the cast of the movie for you as follows;

Berrak Tüzünataç as Mükerrem, Nergis Öztürk as Seniye, Bora Cengiz as Nüzhet, Serhat Tutumluer as Halit and many more great actors whose names I cannot write here. The cast of the movie is really good.

I watched this movie in 2014, I came across it on Puhu Tv and without doing any preliminary research, when I saw Zeki Demirkubuz, I thought, what the hell, I’ll watch it. I’m glad I did, the movie is actually an adaptation of Nahid Sırrı Örik’s novel Kıskanmak. The movie takes its name from the book. When asked why he made this book into a movie, Demirkubuz said the following

“Although the novel Kıskanmak seems to be a story based on human themes such as ugliness, beauty, jealousy and passion, I thought of filming it because it is basically a story that deals with human destiny. The story of Seniha, whose destiny is determined by her God-given ugliness, going from being the one who submits to this destiny to being the one who writes the destiny of the beauty she hates, attracted my interest because it is one of the very few stories about the human soul. I thought that a story that questions beauty from the side of ugliness and tells it in an unabashed, naked way would contribute to the effort to understand and express human suffering.”

The abstract feelings in the book become concrete in the movie. The movie, which focuses on a brother’s insane, sick jealousy of his older brother, reflects the period very well. Halit, the older brother of the movie, is an engineer, and he has to go from Istanbul to Zonguldak on an engineering assignment. Halit’s wife Mükerrem’s beauty is such that she catches everyone’s eye. Seniye, the jealous sister, dislikes Mükerrem even though they seem to get along well, and tries to save her from her brother whenever she can.

Seniye gets the perfect opportunity at the October 29th Republic Ball. The Engineer and his family who attend the ball cannot return to their life before the ball. Because at the ball, Mükerrem attracts the attention of Nüzhet, a handsome and flirtatious young man. Her already troubled marriage and the presence of her older husband push her to question love and find love in her own way. She secretly meets with Nüzhet, while Seniye, who is insanely jealous of her brother, and the sister-in-law who has a great opportunity, do you think these meetings are secret?

In the movie, the emotions of the characters are woven into the film and conveyed to the audience. The movie, which is based on the emotion of jealousy, was shaped around this emotion in every event and did not reflect the emotions to us in a great way, but made us live them. While watching the movie, I was sometimes Seniye, sometimes Mükerrem, sometimes Nüzhet, but I was most afraid of being Halit. At every moment of life, we are intertwined with all the opposite emotions, and it is our experiences that decide which emotion will prevail.

Finally, I won’t end this article without mentioning Nergis Öztürk’s acting. A great acting leaves behind a delicious taste…


Release Date: November 6, 2009
Duration: 92min
imdb: 6.5
Genre: Drama
Director: Zeki Demirkubuz
Screenwriter: Zeki Demirkubuz, Nahid Sırrı Örik
Production: 2009Türkiye
Producer: Zeki Demirkubuz, Zafer Çelik