After eloping to Istanbul to escape the objections of their families,
Cemal (Serdar Orcin) and Ayse (Selen Uçer) are happy in their marriage.
The only thing missing in their lives is the baby they would both like
to have. Unable to get pregnant, they eventually consult a doctor, who
reveals to Cemal that he’s infertile. Frustrated and ashamed, he embarks
on a face-saving scheme to have Ayse fake a pregnancy, while they adopt
a baby who will arrive nine months later. But when the baby does
arrive, under dubious circumstances, Ayse finds herself unable to summon
any maternal feeling whatsoever. As she and Cemal grow increasingly
resentful of one another, the marriage begins to crumble under the
strain and, appalled at the mess he’s made, Cemal flees. In this 2012
Sundance Special Jury Prize winner, set against the backdrop of a city
with a thriving market in the human trafficking of children, director
Rasit Çelikezer has created a complex and surprising exploration of what
it means to be a parent.