What A Lovely Coincidence!
A movie in which the long, narrow path of “coincidence” does not lead to “you’ve got to be kidding” street: Love Loves Coincidences.
A jolly, warm, and bright Eid morning in Ankara. Zuhal and Sevim are engaged in deep conversation. The subject is their happily married children...The childhoods of their children... The first words they uttered, a few naughty moments, minor illnesses…
- “We used to pick them up and go straight to Dr. Meliha’s doorstep.”
- “Which Dr. Meliha? The one…”
- “Yes, that one. Meliha Kaygusuz.”
- “Really? We used to go to her as well.”
- “Have we taken our children to the same doctor for years?”
- “Who knows how many times we must have run into each other. What a lovely coincidence.”
How lovely, how bright... Oh, what a lovely coincidence! The conversation becomes the joy of Eid. The children, İpek and Ömer Faruk Sorak, take over the subject: “I wonder how many times we have run into each other? In the doctor’s waiting room, at the entrance of the Dost bookstore, by the traffic lights in Kızılay, on the subway escalators of the subway…”
As one subject leads to another, they realize that they ran into each other several times, merely passing each other by. They met years later. This time, it’s from love. The diagnosis is clear: love loves coincidences. Just like the title of the movie…
Love Loves Coincidences is a movie that is a bit about them and a bit about everyone. As coincidences, possibilities, and maybes stacked up, the couple said, “This would make such a wonderful movie.”
After İpek wrote down all the dialogues on a nine-page script, they were no longer memories passed on to close friends. After they were incorporated with other coincidences, they turned into a screenplay.
Love Loves Coincidences is the love story of Özgür (Mehmet Günsür) and Deniz (Belçim Bilgin), who have run into each other several times in Ankara, but finally met in Istanbul in 2010. The story starts in Ankara, on the first day of September 1977.
That morning, as Yılmaz is rushing his pregnant wife, Neriman, to the hospital, he crashes into Ömer’s car. The accident results in an early delivery for Ömer’s pregnant wife in the back seat.
Both babies were born in the same hospital on the same day, and that is where they see each other for the first time.
AS FUNNY AS LIFE
That accident was the first of the coincidences that would bring Özgür and Deniz together. After that, they continue to run into each other in Ankara throughout their childhoods and youth. Each unintentional meeting causes drastic changes in their lives. First, they experience a platonic love for one another, then the first heartbreak…
Each coincidence changes the paths of their lives, sometimes resulting in disaster, sometimes in miracles. The coincidences have a single condition: they must never get together. It is as if an invisible wall was built between them.
They keep bumping into each other, but can never continue together. Fortunately, as they get older, although their dreams have shrunk, the signs and coincidences increase.
Many years later, in 2010, the two meet in Istanbul, after many missed connections, attempts to find love, and dead ends… Just as in Oscar Wilde’s stories, in the end, what will happen really must happen.
Love Loves Coincidences is a romantic movie free of comedy; or, rather, it is only as funny as life itself. It is grounded in reality and has no moments that will cause you to exclaim, “You’ve got to be kidding.” But, in the end, everyone will find their past, reality, coincidence, and love, just as Ömer Faruk Sorak says...
ÖMER FARUK SORAK: STARRING ANKARA
People usually find Ankara boring, cold, and grey. We looked at the city’s green, warm, and likable face for what was perhaps the first
time. Ankara has mobilized for this movie.
The sincere support of the Municipalities of Ankara, the Gazi Neighborhood, and the AnadoluJet
crew has reflected on the movie. This is the best, most positive film I have done. There is so much love and labor...
MEHMET GÜNSÜR: A COINCIDENCE FOR EVERYONE
The film prepared a separate surprise/coincidence for everyone. For instance, Nuran Evren, the scriptwriter, turned out to be a distant relative of mine. We met thanks to this film and were very happy.
We had not been aware of each other before, yet our grandfathers were cousins. We had such sweet moments and pleasant coincidences during shooting. I portrayed myself in many of the film’s scenes, wearing my own clothes from when I was twenty years old.
BELÇİM BİLGİN: SUCH A COINCIDENCE!
The crew searched for the street and house in which the Deniz character was born and raised for a long time. They turned Ankara upside down, wandering the city street by street, scanning every inch of it.
Finally, they decided on a house on And Street. The things I held in my hands fell to the floor when they told me about the street and house, as the place they described was the street – and even house –
in which I was born and raised.