The basis of Envy
Envy is based off the novel by Nahid Sirri Örik whose original title was Kiskanmak. As is common with any film that has been adapted from a novel, putting out the work into film can be tedious and especially when it involves love and deceit (probably because of all the off-set facts that readers are usually detailed and which is hard to do in films). Therefore, there are a lot of things that you can pick up from the Kiskanmak novel that are not detailed in the film.
The main story in envy
Örik’s work can be detailed as beautiful and thoughtful pieces that detail women as people who are driven emotionally by their selfish desires hence providing a nice adaptation for the screens (probably one of the reasons why Demirkubuz took up his novel). The main story behind envy is that of a couple, Halit and Mükerrem, who live together with the husband’s sister, Seniha. Of considerable importance is the age difference between the couple with Halit, the husband being 40 years while his wife Mükerrem being 25 years of age. Seniha is also detailed as having zealous hatred towards his brother but which is not brought clearly in the film.
Mukerrem feelings after the affair
Mükerrem cheats on her husband with Nüzhet, son to a wealthy town family, and Seniha gets to find out. However, Mükerrem is brought out as a character that strongly loves her husband and therefore one would be at pangs trying to understand why she would cheat on him in the first place. However, the book pretty much details this quite well. In the book it is shown that Mükerrem did not have the first honeymoon passion reminiscent in any couple after their wedding. Therefore, even after being in love with Halit, Mükerrem still feels an urge deep inside her that makes her struggle between being a good wife and attaining her own internal desires (which she knows Halit can’t provide). Seniha notices this and bets on when her brother’s wife will cheat on him in order for her to take her revenge on his brother.
Why would Seniha revenge?
Again, without reading the book, you would wonder why Seniha would want to revenge on her brother and yet they are siblings. The film tries to show this by detailing the constrained communication between the two; however the truth lies in the book. Seniha always felt left out whilst they were growing up with Halit. Their parents always favoured Halit and this was echoed in their actions as well. When Halit went abroad to study for engineering Seniha fell left out on her education, however she shrugged the whole issue and fell in love. However due to her parents’ concerns over the money they had set out for Halit’s education, they could not accept to get into wedding arrangements for Seniha hence rejecting to give her out. Over time, Seniha crawled into her own cocoon of selflessness and bitterly accused her brother of her troubles in her heart. This is why she always felt that she should revenge for having failed to be with her own lover.
Envy is commendable
The film is quite interesting but you should have all the facts set out right in order for you to enjoy the whole drama. However, if you are not a bookie then be sure that Demirkubuz did a good job at highlighting the main themes of the whole story in the best way possible. This is a highly recommended must see for anyone who loves romantic movies with a twist of deceit and hatred.