Envy is a Turkish movie that was adapted from a book written by Nahid Sirri Örik and its original title is Kiskanmak. It is a movie about love and envy in equal measure and it illustrates the manner in which jealousy and hatred can be detrimental to a whole family. If you are one who is preoccupied with movies whose theme revolves around romance, wickedness and jealousy then be sure that this is one movie you can’t miss out on. It will get your hairs up from the minute you start watching it.
Origin and invention of Envy
Envy: Revenge at its best.
It starts off from a setting in the 1920’s that depicts the formation of a new republic that has all the promise and allure of becoming a great nation in the future. It’s a republic that is formed under the principles of togetherness and equality of all its citizens. However, the events that follow picture a completely different republic, with inequality and oppression taking centre stage. The story revolves around the lives of three main protagonists, Halit (a successful engineer at the local coal mine), his wife Mükerrem and his sister Seniha. All of the three have their own objectives and lust for worldly treasures that make them engage in highly consequential activities that eventually lead to the ruin of the whole family.
Halit’s wife and emotional confinement
Halit, is a person who is oblivious of his surroundings and does not take time to devour the preciousness of life. He is from a community that pretty much subjects women to being housewives and the men as breadwinners. As a result of his wealth his wife lives a life filled with social occasions and is constantly depicted as a woman who is confined emotionally but who uses wealth around her to reduce her emotional pain.
Seniha and Murekerrem
Seniha on the other hand is depicted as a highly envious sister. She does not approve of the manner in which both her brother and wife live and she is always seen against their backdrop in the movie (though she plays a major role in the whole movie). When Mükerrem, his brother’s wife, gets into an affair with a younger man; Seniha sees it as an opportunity to take advantage of the couple. What follows next in the movie is a tale of endless deceit by all protagonists with envy and jealousy taking centre stage as the root cause of all their problems.
The movies’ setting in a culture that insists on women being locked indoors pretty much show a community that seemingly is oblivious of the role in which women play in the society. It therefore shows all the troubles that come with confinement and lack of love from their spouses. The whole story also shows the troubles that come with inequality and castes in a society that can lead to envious hatred. This movie is highly recommended for people who are into themes of inequality, romance and family drama and at the end it will get you thinking as to who the bad character in the movie is.