A Review on Leyla Everlasting (9 Kere Leyla): The New Turkish Film on Netflix

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As of December 4, Netflix aired a new Turkish movie, Leyla Everlasting (9 Kere Leyla). The movie has made an overwhelming impression in Turkey, both affirmative and unfavorable. Therefore, today we are going to make a detailed review on Leyla Everlasting.

The movie includes some of the best actors and actresses in Turkey
The movie includes some of the best actors and actresses in Turkey

The movie includes some master Turkish actors and actresses besides its unusual story and cinematography. The first Emmy-winner Turkish actor Haluk Bilginer is the leading role of the movie, acting as Adem (who refers to the first man dismissed from Heaven). Some of the other famous names of the movie are Demet Akbağ and Elçin Sangu. The beautiful actress impressed with her beauty in the movie.

The movie was initially planned as a cinema film, but due to Covid-19 restriction, it was aired on Netflix.
The movie was initially planned as a cinema film, but due to Covid-19 restriction, it was aired on Netflix.

A Delay on the Release Date Due to Coronavirus

The production company and Netflix had collaboratively decided to put off the sets of the series. However, finally, on December 4, Netflix aired the movie for the attention of the world audience.

Leyla (Demet Akbağ) gets away with her husband's assasination attempts each time as she is an immortal mithological figure Lillith
Leyla (Demet Akbağ) gets away with her husband’s assassination attempts each time as she is an immortal mythological figure Lillith

What is The Story of Leyla Everlasting?

Leyla Everlasting (Turkish: 9 Kere Leyla, literally9 Times Leyla”) is a 2020 Turkish comedy film. The director of the movie is Ezel Akay and the screenwriters are Akay, Adnan Yıldırım, Özlem Lale and Uğur Saatçi. Starring roles are Demet Akbağ, Haluk Bilginer, Elçin Sangu, Fırat Tanış and Alican Yücesoy. It was released on December 4, 2020 on Netflix.

Leyla (Demet Akbağ) and Adem (Haluk Bilginer)
Leyla (Demet Akbağ) and Adem (Haluk Bilginer)

According to the explanation of the official website of Netflix, the story is as follows. A resilient housewife, her husband, and their marriage therapist become mired in a toxic love triangle and a plot to obtain an antique manuscript. Leyla Everlasting follows a man called Adem (Haluk Bilginer). He wants to end his 20-year marriage with Leyla (Demet Akbağ). Thus, he will able to pursue his romance with mistress Nergis (Elçin Sangu). Nergis, by the way, is the marriage therapist of the couple. The only issue is, he’s struggling to get rid of Leyla naturally and he risks losing Nergis.

Adem (Haluk Bilginer) and the stunning marriage-therapist Nergis (Elçin Sangu)
Adem (Haluk Bilginer) and the stunning marriage-therapist Nergis (Elçin Sangu)

A Problematic Point About The Movie

When it comes to a review on Leyla Everlasting, it becomes an obligation to share the negative points about the movie. So, the Turkish film tries very hard to establish a dynamic spirit, with plenty of gags and weird side songs to get the plot across. It is probably Netflix designed the movie to be as bonkers as possible. Thus, Leyla Everlasting definitely achieves that with many overlapping themes that link loosely to Lillith. But that’s the single problem with this film — it’s “try hard”, and its delivery is certainly nonsense.

The eminent Turkish director Ezel Akay
The eminent Turkish director Ezel Akay

As you will see at the end of the movie, it aims to deliver a socio-political message. The movie actually, from top to toe, revolves around gender equality, gender roles in modern society, women’s rights, and the historical and “archaeological roots” of this issue. But unfortunately, Leyla Everlasting (9 Kere Leyla) fails to deliver this message to the audience.

The very beautiful marriage therapist Nergis (Elçin Sangu) has a forbidden affair with her client Adem
The very beautiful marriage therapist Nergis (Elçin Sangu) has a forbidden affair with her client Adem

Was The Movie a Feature Film of Netflix Film?

Leyla Everlasting (9 Kere Leyla) was, by the way, a cinema film. However, as cinemas were shut down due to COVID-19 restrictions, it was aired on Netflix.

Adem (Haluk Bilginer) tries to get rid off his 20-year wife Leyla
Adem (Haluk Bilginer) tries to get rid off his 20-year wife Leyla

What Does IMDb Say for the Movie?

Though the movie tops the top of Netflix Turkey as soon as aired, both local and international comments are mostly unfavorable. The movie’s IMDb score is 4 out of 10, which is a quite low score.

According to a long comment on RSC (Ready Steady Cut);

[… For some reason, the director decided to throw in as much madness as possible. Adem’s ultimate objective is to enjoy his passionate affair with Nergis, honing in on that midlife crisis scenario of an older man falling deep for a young gorgeous woman, while also subconsciously and consciously trying to get rid of his wife. It’s the old-age story of wealthy men and their thirst to discard those that do not stimulate them. There’s plenty of repeated jokes, and supporting characters that flit in and out of the story to try and uphold the circus. But that’s all Leyla Everlasting is — a circus.

And because of that, it isn’t easy to maintain concentration as the Netflix film moves into the third act. A movie that is one hour and fifty-two minutes long feels unnecessarily painful. I’m convinced that if this concept were designed for a 90-minute frame, the writers and director would have been able to make this work. But with space and time to explore, Leyla Everlasting becomes an insufferable piece of work that feels like there is no end in sight.]

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