Not in Constantinople

When someone says “telenovela,” I start thinking in terms of the TV dramas popular in Latin America, sort of like soap operas but with an actual fixed conclusion. I don’t remember seeing any such in Turkey, but they apparently do exist: Yaprak Dökümü (The Fall of Leaves), the saga of a family newly arrived in Istanbul, ran for 174 episodes.

Fahriye Evcen, born on this date in 1986 in North Rhine-Westphalia, not the first place I think of when contemplating Turkish actresses, played the next-to-youngest daughter, Necla, who swipes a boyfriend from Leyla, a couple of years her senior, and winds up in a classic downward spiral after they split.

Fahriye Evcen in Marie Claire

The series ended in 2010, and Evcen has since done film work. The above photo comes from a December feature in Marie Claire. Who knew that Marie Claire had a Turkish edition? Probably the same person who knew that there were telenovelas in Turkey.



  1. Tatyana »

    5 June 2013 · 1:22 pm

    Turkish TV series are notorious (as, actually, their whole culture for millennium) for nauseatingly-sweet melodrama akin only to Mexican and Brazilian soaps. In sheer vomiting value American production can’t even come close.
    I haven’t seen (mercifully)The Fall of Leaves; apparently, it’s based on a novel by Reshat N. Guntekin – but I did see an example TV series based on his first novel, of the same reflexive quality, The Wren (back when I still lived Behind the Cultural Curtain).
    To imagine the style you have to picture a Bollywood movie where all music is sad, there are no dances, and everyone is crying by one reason or another.

  2. Dick Stanley »

    6 June 2013 · 2:39 pm

    She obviously represents, at least in appearance, the sort of freedom the young protesters are trying to wrest from their fundy PM.

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