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Middle East Film Series: The Wild Pear Tree

Sinan (Aydin Do¿u Demirkol) is a student working on getting his first novel published. He is frustrated by living at home with his aging father (Murat Cemcir), mother and sister. A gold dealer is convinced that his father has borrowed gold from him and is doing his best not to return it. The Wild Pear Tree has an episodic structure, as we see Sinan have several meetings over the course of several months, with his university professor, his love interest, a bookseller and an author, as well as visiting a country home where a wild pear tree he writes about in his book is situated. Sinan is seeking advice, but thanks to the confidence of youth, he also feels that he already knows the answers. He's been saving money to publish his manuscript, and when it goes missing one day from his coat pocket when builders are working at his house, he blames all those around him. This is just one of the many painful encounters that befall Sinan, which force him to question both his morality and his conscience.