Kurt Seyit & Sura (Turkey Television Series 2014)

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If anyone would have said to me that I would enjoy a television series with subtitles from Turkey, I would tell them they were crazy. However, proven wrong, like many other swooning women I’ve encountered in the Period Drama Group on Facebook, is this interesting series entitled, Kurt Seyit and Sura. Unlike other fictional tales, this series is based on a true story of romance during the turbulent times of World War I and the changing political climate in Russia, Crimea, and Turkey. It’s romantic and heartbreaking.

Surprisingly well done, except for a few oddities you might find difficult, it consists of forty plus episodes now streaming on Netflix. Be ready to listen to the Turkish language, however, I understand it is also available and dubbed in other languages such as Spanish. If you don’t have Netflix, you can also find clips on YouTube.  Unfortunately, there is not an English version. The subtitles are in yellow and sometimes difficult to read or flash by way too fast to get through the entire sentence. Nevertheless, you can glue yourself during those really good portions and read everything to catch the drift of what is going on. The only problem is that your eyes may drift from the words to the male star, who is gorgeously handsome with mesmerizing eyes. His name is Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ and his love interest, Sura, is played by Farah Zeynep Abdullah.

This true story is about star-crossed lovers from different cultures who fall madly in love with one another. Seyit’s father expects him to marry a Turkish Muslim woman, while Sura’s family expects her to marry a Russian noble. The story begins during World War I. Seyit is a Lieutenant in the Tsar’s army. He’s a well-respected soldier but has the reputation of being a womanizer. Sura walks into a room at a ball he’s attending and immediately he falls in love at first sight. She’s is young, innocent, and beautiful. As soon as she sees him, the feeling is mutual.

However, as the story continues and they get to know one another, obstacles arise. He goes off to war, and while he’s away, the rebels who plot the overthrow of the Tsar are busy beginning a revolution on the home front. Seyit, however, is Turkish by birth and his family’s home is in Crimea. If anything, this show has sent me searching the history books and trying to understand these turbulent times and culture that I know very little about.

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When the war ends, Seyit and his friends are considered enemies of the new regime, since there were the Tsar’s soldiers. On the other side of the coin, Sura comes from a noble family, and she, like many other families she knows, flee Russia from those who would kill them. The heartbreaking outcome of their lives being torn apart by war, revolution, and rebels continues the series. Eventually, many of them flee to occupied Istanbul for refuge, which is not without danger. All I can say, is be prepared to watch a love story unfold that you wish for a happy ending, but in real life ends up much differently.

The story’s first half set in Russia and Crimea is far different than the second half set in Istanbul.  When that part of the story begins, it’s not as engaging as their relationship begins to deteriorate due to various factors. Nevertheless, it’s worth the watch.

After doing research about the real Seyit and Sura, I discovered the sad tale that in 1945 Seyit committed suicide, having never been able to marry Sura. However, her name was on his dying lips. A book about their love affair was written in Turkish, which the series is based off, but it’s very difficult to find an English version unless you want to pay over $2,000 on Amazon.

Is this production as professional as a British or U.S. production? No, but it has its qualities. The music changes often according to the characters from a love-swept melody to a dark Russian tune for the traitor in the story. Eventually, the musical soundtrack gets a bit annoying, but if you like period dramas and a good love story, you will overlook the obvious lower quality tones of the series.  Below is a YouTube rendition of the music that represents their love affair, which is the most haunting song of the entire series.

Anyway, if you’re looking for a man on a white horse to sweep you off your feet, this series is for you.  If you need to talk about the series afterward, feel free to come on over to a forum for fans that I set up.  Don’t be shy!  http://seyitvesurafans.forumotion.com/

  48 comments for “Kurt Seyit & Sura (Turkey Television Series 2014)

  1. January 30, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    Hi, I just finished watching this most intriguing movies series of Season 1 on Netflix. I wondered if you had any news regarding Season 2 and when it might be available to watch? I’m not necessarily asking about Netflix, but most interested when it might be available. I was able to ring Season 2 from episode 1-8 listed but unable to open them for more information. Thank you. P.S. You did a wonderful job of portraying this first season. And I agree, the music is wonderful and every at the same time as it does accurately portray and change for each character. I cannot get the opening love theme out of my head. But am glad of this so far as I am enjoying my thoughts of this drama at the end of watching it.
    Thank you
    Maria Young
    Tmly515@gmail.com

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    • March 25, 2017 at 4:36 pm

      I too cannot get the love scenes removed from my mind. Such profound emotions. Superior acting by Kurt and Sura. This will stay with me awhile. I finally figured out his father had far more power over him than Sura. His guilt was to deep to marry Sura even though he never stopped loving or leaving Sura. Regardless if they remained together.

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  2. flyingkiwi1968
    January 31, 2017 at 9:55 am

    My wife and I actually quite enjoyed Seyit & Sura. We did a 46 episode blitz over about a week. I thought it was predictable at times, and a little contrived, especially the romance.
    Your review is spot on, yes the background music was suitable and good, but at times got to be quite annoying, a bit like the canned laughter on a cheap American sitcom.

    A few “holes”, but just practical ones that were missed.
    I noticed they made a huge point of removing their shoes when entering a Muslim house, but the absolutely hilarious thing is, they NEVER stopped to put their shoes on when leaving, either by the same entrance or when “escaping” (shoeless…??), via another exit.
    Amazingly….. NO ONE ever seemed to go to the toilet… Apart from one scene where the young lad wakes up after wetting his bed.
    The intermediate scenes to portray a time period, were seriously annoying, you are shown the SAME Russian hotel, SAME Istanbul harbour, SAME sunset, hundreds of times…. no wait….. they reversed the SAME sunset scene making it into a sunrise…..!

    Production was bit on the cheap side, but a fantastic story, and an absolutely marvelous job done by a well cast troop of actors, be it having to work on rather cheap and basic sets.
    I actually enjoyed it in Turkish, as the guttural inflections in their conversations matched with reading the sub titles added an authenticity.
    It was rather funny and quite noticeable that usually always the sub titles which were in a next episodes repeated “catch up” scenes from the previous, were a different translation! This became glaringly obvious because we watched them back to back.

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    • February 13, 2017 at 11:32 pm

      It was pure escapism and I loved it! Even when it got a little tiresome in places. I have got to go to sleep before two a.m in the morning. This is ridiculous! 🙂

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  3. Seyit Sura
    February 6, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Loved loved loved this series. You were on point about missing some of the subtitles because one can get lost in Seyit’s eyes. I HATED HATED the ending. I really wished directors and screen writers could’ve compensated the viewers by satisfying the “damsel in distress white horse” ending. Loved it, but it’s not my kind of ending. Maybe an American producer can do a remake into a Hollywood movie and change the ending… Notebook-style.

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  4. Hopelessly in love
    February 7, 2017 at 3:46 am

    Cannot stop crying. Took me 4 days to complete series. I am now dreaming in the Turkish language. Rather read subtitles when viewing foreign films otherwise you miss the actors real acting and character portrayal. Cannot get one of the first scenes out of my mind. Kurt picking up Sura on his horse and riding away with her , they then kiss riding on the horse. Loved all the characters. Need to read English version of books. Would like to know how many of the characters are really true in the series. Found it more interesting knowing it revolved around true events.

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    • sami
      May 10, 2017 at 1:17 am

      if you don t mind me asking,Can you suggest the site pls i would like to watch it. Thanks .

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      • May 10, 2017 at 1:55 am

        It is currently streaming on Netflix.

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  5. Miguel Parayno
    February 14, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    I cannot stop watching as my first to watch a turkish movie. I just loved it tremendously. Farah and Kivanc were brilliant actors, I was mesmerized with their dialogue delivery, Further, Farah is such a great actress. This is an excellent love story movie. possesses with greatness of history and the details of setting that the two main leading roles played by captivating beautiful actors. The couple were really fascinated,, I am begging as other millions here that both must play another great love story characters. So expecting the Netflix to film another session but keep in mind I believed millions of viewers will be satisfied to have a happy ending. One area to notice was that whoever wrote the last few episode were depressing. But first and foremost too much soap opera blended to it, so the writer must pay attention to this concerned. love it love it love it

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  6. February 22, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    My wife and I have just found this movie on Netflix and are really enjoying the true story aspect. The main characters are riveting in their performances and perfectly cast. It doesn’t hurt that they are beautiful people, either. ” Fairy tale” is what I came up with from the very first. Last night we watched episode 11 from season one and my wife said, “is it over this soon ?” I know the books on the subject in English are not out yet, but was wondering if there might be a picture book from the series available. We don’t care if the words are in Turkish. Thought you might know. Looking forward to the rest of the episodes. Mesmerizing story…just ordered the DVD.

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    • Lorraine Richards
      March 4, 2017 at 8:13 am

      Loved the story and wonder how and where you ordered the DVD couldn’t find it on Amazon Thanks for any info

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    • Laura
      July 30, 2017 at 5:34 am

      Yes, please.. what dvd did you buy? I am trying to find the whole series (46 episodes) on dvd but with English subtitles. I see a Greek version that has Greek subtitles on Ebay but not English subtitles. Thank you for any information on this. I have watched the whole series on Netflix (love LOVE seyit & sura together, not a fan of the way it turned out! but so love seyit & sura). It is still on Netflix but one day it will be removed. So I am kind of desperate for the dvd.

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  7. February 26, 2017 at 6:13 am

    So so beautiful. His eyes are mesmerising. I highly recommend this beautiful poignant love story❤ 💕

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  8. Estella m Pompey
    February 26, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    I loved this movie so much I’m watching it again for the 4th time , the ending was prefect no need to change it , as for the holes just one or two , but Seyit eyes explains
    a lot , the acting was so good all the actors were great . I would love to read the book English,

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  9. Miriam Wiscovitch
    February 28, 2017 at 1:42 am

    Just love this series but like so many others I was very disappointed with the ending, not just because he does not marry Sura, but because there is no further explanation about Sura’s life. The ending also seemed a bit off since so much was jammed into the last episode, as if it had been rushed through. It was also disjointed as the young characters did not age at all from 1923 to 1928, Sabri or the little chubby boy. I also noticed that the little girl that was shown as Seyit’s daughter was different in the two scenes in which she is held in Seyit’s arm. Despite the flaws I just love this story so much and would love to see those two actors opposite one another again in another love story. All the actors in this series are excellent! Bravo!

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    • Becky Donelson
      March 8, 2017 at 8:32 pm

      Would love to read the book in English.
      Really loved the movie.

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    • saafi
      September 14, 2017 at 9:15 pm

      Miriam,
      watch Kivanc Tatlitug and Beret Saat in Forbidden Love. You would think they were made for each other, their passion and lust in this show is incredible. Another great performance by Kivanc is a small but powerful part in Ezel. I loved Seyet and Sura though I don’t have the heart to finish after reading your comments. Just tell me Petro will suffer with a painful, slow death.

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  10. William c.
    March 2, 2017 at 7:59 am

    Just loved it , I did not wanted to end .

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  11. March 10, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Stumbled on this on Netflix and could not stop watching. Great acting and a great romance (at least through episode 5). Going to watch more now!

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  12. sally
    March 12, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    Just finished watching (and reading subtitles) on Netflix. Without a doubt, this is one of the best shows I have ever watched. Loved the story and the music. Was shocked at the ending, cried, got mad, but wanted more….

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  13. March 15, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    I watched seyit ve sura on Netflix , really loved it. Would like to purchase dvd of it in english sub-titles. I have searched the internet but, have not been able to find a d vd with English sub-titles, could you help me, My e-mail address is mgdaisy56@gmail.com. thanks, Marilyn Garcia

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    • March 16, 2017 at 1:32 pm

      I am sorry to say I have no idea where to find a DVD of the series that has subtitles. If I stumble across anything, I will be sure to post it.

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      • Laura
        July 30, 2017 at 5:36 am

        Thank you! That would be so very appreciated!

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  14. Deborah Kay
    March 19, 2017 at 3:38 am

    Ok…so I found this accidently on Netflix. I love historical period pieces and so thought Kurt Seyit ve Sura looked perfect! In a word, once I began watching it, I became…Obsessed! I watched it over a three say period!! I would pause it and then google things regarding the Russian revolution, WW I, Ottoman Empire, Turkish customs…anything that I had questions about. The Turkish style of filming love scenes (romantic, no nudity, slow motion, lots of focus on the eyes, building of dramatic music, no open mouth kissing etc) was fascinating! I could not get enough of the whole thing! I found it charming…hokey at times by American standards but so enjoyable! It stayed with me for days after. It really was difficult to watch them slowly come apart and drift away. But when Seyit had the conversation with his father about marrying a Turkish girl I had a sick feeling that was where the story would head. I had no idea how many episodes there were!! Good grief…46!!! Finally…I also became really fixated on Kivanc Tatlitug, the gorgeous actor that plays Seyit! Holy cow! I have searched him out on the internet so many times I am embarrassed to admit! I know more about him now than I do any American actor!!! I think he is the handsomest man I have ever seen! So compelling! There is another Turkish movie on Netflix starring him. After watching it I saw what a wonderful actor he really is! He’s not just another romantic light weight! Ok…I have rambled on long eniugh!! LOVED Kurt Seyit ve Sura and Kuvanc Tatlitug! I am now a huge American fan!!

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    • Sameera
      April 1, 2017 at 2:40 am

      Deborah Kay, I feel compelled to reply. I did exactly like you and I got obsessed on the series and on Kivanc haha he is called the Turkish Brad Pit. But he is the best looking actor I have ever seen. I too googled him 🙂
      to find more of his movies.
      I too appreciated the focus on the eyes and lack of nudity.

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      • Deborah Kay
        April 1, 2017 at 6:09 am

        I am watching Kurt Seyit and Sura again…Right now…I just saw the light blinking on my phone notifying me of a message and I laughed outloud when I read your reply!!! Yes, as I said…obssessed! This time though I am fast forwarding through a lot of scenes since I already know the story line! I stop for scenes with Seyit, Sura and Seyit and Sura only now O am really stopping to watch Kivanc and Farah!!
        Ok now, back to the TV!!! Thanks for replying!!

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    • April 17, 2017 at 5:23 am

      What’s the other movie on Netflix does he play in? Girl, you are right about the handsomest man. Woo Hoo!

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      • Deborah Johansen
        April 17, 2017 at 4:34 pm

        In English it is The Butterfly’s Dream. I don’t know for sure if it still on Netflix…they rotate movies in and out. He is completely different in the movie from Kurt Seyit and he lost 40 pounds for the role. There is an interview he did in English about the movie. Google Kivanc Tatlitug interview The Butterfly’s Dream. Good lyck!

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    • carla schmidt
      June 10, 2017 at 8:25 pm

      Ditto about Kivanc Tatlitug!. He dominated every scene he was in. I watched THE BUTTERFLY’s DREAM for which he had to lose 40 pounds to play the main character. He was amazing in it and his character was so different from Seyit.. So much talent and gorgeous to boot!

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    • Helen Jaquith
      August 30, 2017 at 5:07 pm

      You need yo join us on Facebook at Kivanch Tatlitug American Forum. We all are huge fans. You will love it. We have a great time. Look us up!

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      • Deborah Goins Johansen
        August 31, 2017 at 12:22 am

        OH MY GOD!!! I had no idea!! I will most definitely look it up!! I want new info about him…what he is currently working on, how to see the other TV shows he has done!!
        Thank you for the heads up!!

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  15. Carol Sharp
    March 20, 2017 at 4:54 am

    I watched the whole series and loved it. I am watching it over again. I enjoyed the acting and all the characters. It is a beautiful and sad story, but I am totally beguiled by it. It was a very good historical piece and like others here, it prompted me to do more research on my own. For all that Seyit and Sura went through, the demands in both of their lives and from their families, the ending seemed realistic, although I wanted something different. I fell madly in live with Cecli… he was so honorable and a tender heart. The cast were all wonderful, even the horrible Petro. I am glad that I found the series and highly recommend it.

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  16. Kathryn mannion
    April 8, 2017 at 8:42 am

    I watched the whole thing over a weekend! Loved it. Agree with all the comments re a few holes, but, who care about holes when you can watch those eyes!

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  17. April 17, 2017 at 5:20 am

    I loved it. I looked up the main actor and I wish we can get the other movies he has starred in. You will just love watching the Turkish actor Kivanc Tatlitug move around on the screen. You can’t take your eyes off of him. He is welcome to come to America and make movies here. He would make millions.

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  18. Debra
    May 12, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    I agree with most of the comments except I was rooting for muhrvet by the end as she hadn’t done anything wrong. I too got obsessed and housework didn’t get done. I also loved the Turkish dramas Lovebird and Magnificent Century on Netflix. lovebird was a similar story but 72 episodes long so be prepared to devote a good chunk of your life to it.

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  19. carla schmidt
    June 10, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    As I am suffering through Droughtlander, I went in search of another series to sink my teeth into. Lo and behold, I found KS&S on Netflix and became obsessed. IMHO, no other couple with ever live up to Claire and Jamie in Outlander, but K & S were delightful to watch. However, once they arrived in Istanbul, Sura’s constant whining and crying started to become annoying. Their relationship really was broken for a million little reasons and I thought the ending was appropriate. Seyit was a noble yet flawed man and needed someone to trust him. Sura was incapable of doing so and became a drama queen. And Petro! Let’s talk about him. Was their ever a more evil and calculating sociopath on screen. The actor, Birkan Sokullu, who portrayed him was fabulous but the writers went into overdrive with the character and poor Sura was oblivious to everything. That was a bit difficult to swallow. All in all, a satisfying series which I can highly recommend. I guarantee you will not forget the actor, Kivanc Tatlitug and his forehead kisses. Oh, and his best friend, Celil, was also outstanding. He made me smile whenever he came on screen.

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  20. June 17, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    Just finished the entire season on Netflix. It took two weeks! Loved it. Still wanted Seyit with Sura. This was well done and the acting superb!

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  21. Vinerta morales
    June 17, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    I’m glad I’m not the only person who loved the actors the movie and the way it was proyected like u feel they love each other theres no need for intimate scenes they leave to the imagination. And also that makes it more realistic. Western movies do not leave anything out I’m not pride but sometimes the script is so fake just forvthe sake of entertainment. I don’t mind the Turkish as a matter of fact I love foreign movies and Sundance film festival ftom.usa.

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    • Deborah Goins Johansen
      June 17, 2017 at 11:25 pm

      Independent and foreign films are the best! I am an American but can’t stand the big, blockbuster, over hyped Hollywood movies that fill our 16 screen theater complexes! Give me a small independently owned art house theater any day! And subtitles do not bother me at all!
      I am trying to decide if I can watch Kurt Seyit ve Sura for a third time! As much as I love it I am not sure I can handle the pain of watching Seyit and Sura lose each other or the evilness of Petroleum agsin. Don’t think my heart can take it!!!

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      • Deborah Goins Johansen
        June 17, 2017 at 11:29 pm

        Petroleum!!! That is a hilarious auto correct I didn’t see before sending my reply!!!
        The wicked, hateful Petro is who I don’t think I can handle watching again!!

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  22. Simone
    August 8, 2017 at 7:09 am

    Many thanks for this wonderful blog! All your comments confirmed that I’m not alone in my reaction to this amazing story. I’ve just finished the entire series and going through major withdrawals from that heart wrenching love story, those blue eyes, Turkish sounds, exotic scenes, and haunting music with realisation that at my age I still just a little girl waiting for her prince to sweep her away on horseback and live together happily ever after.

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    • Laura
      August 9, 2017 at 4:41 pm

      Couldn’t have said it better myself. Ditto!

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    • Dorothy p. Chew
      September 9, 2017 at 1:52 am

      Just finished binge-watching the series, all 46 episodes. After reading the other posts about watching it again I am adding my name to the list of repeat viewers! The background scenery, the clothes and the history of the age has piqued my interest in that era more than any other series. Thanks to all for doing a fine job.

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  23. Marlena
    September 9, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    I love this story of Kurt Seyit and Sura but am frustrated that I can’t read the book. I also would like to purchase the series on DVD but it is hard to find and then to find with English subtitles is probably harder. If anyone has any luck, please let me know! I was glued to this series and loved the story!

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  24. cecile santos
    October 17, 2017 at 6:41 am

    I want to join all of you who are now Seyit & Sura lovers! I binged-watched for one whole week…during weekends for 10-12 hours, and on weekdays, counting the hours till I could go home and watch in the evenings. I lived with the story during that entire time; I could think of nothing! And yes, THAT ending! I had to analyze over and over why it ended that way..even blaming Turkish/Muslim culture perhaps — but then I discover that it is the real story of this love affair! I’m watching it a second time, though perhaps not as voraciously, and am a little more consoled now, knowing that was indeed the ending of their story…as heartbreaking as it was. I have not fallen in love with any other movie since Gone with the Wind….

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  25. Eva Moss
    October 20, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    This movie has awakened a passion in me that I thought was long gone. I am so glad that I came upon it as I know I will be watching it many times. Please don’t suggest a Hollywood make over. The love scenes themselves would be ruined by sex scenes.. I am sad that Kurt Seyit and Sura did not end up together, but it also made sense. Am saddened by the true ending of this love story. Is it really true that Kurt Seyit committed suicide over not being able to marry Sura ?? Move over ” Gone With The Wind “. I never thought you would be replaced one day.

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