Original Title: Aci Hayat
English Title: Bitter Life
Also Known As: Tears of Roses (English), Dumou3 Al Ward (Arabic), Gor’kaq zhiuzni (Russia), Jeta e hidhur (Albania), Life Is Suffering
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance
Broadcast Network: Show TV
Broadcast Period: December 14, 2005 – June 22, 2007
Production Company: Sinegraf
Director: Abdulkadir Ceylan Ede
Screen Writer: Aybars Bora Kahyaoglu, Soner Pehlevan, Tangul Sinav, Atilla Engin, Isa Yildiz
Mehmet (Kenan Imirzalioglu) is a poor guy who is desperately in love with Nermin (Selin Demiratar), from his neighborhood. He works as a welder in a shipyard while Nermin is a manicurist in one of the well known coiffeurs. Their only aim is to get married and have a nice home. Thus, they try to get rid of poverty by working harder each day.
But, no matter how hard they try, they just never earn enough money to realize their dream of getting married and having a nice home. When Nermin gets in a term losing the hope of happiness, she comes across one of the playboys of Istanbul, Ender (Oguz Galeli). She starts to get closer to the glamorous life of Ender and edges away from the love of her life; Mehmet. She leaves her old poor life and her only real love behind and starts a new life in richness with Ender.
On the other hand, Mehmet becomes very devastated when Nermin leaves him for another man. He promises to seek revenge on the man who steals his girlfriend. Therefore, Mehmet tries to woo Filiz (Ebru Kocaaga) who is the sister of Ender. Although he still loves Nermin, he tries to camouflage his feelings and keep concretely practicing his revenge.
In this story, you will explore a tragic love story of Mehmet and Nermin. Will revenge fill the emptiness in Mehmet’s hearth? Will Mehmet go back to her first love or stay with Filiz? Will Mehmet forgive Nermin and live the rest of his life peacefully with her?
Bitter Life Cast
Kenan Imirzalioglu as Mehmet
Selin Demiratar as Nermin
Oguz Galeli as Ender
Ebru Kocaaga as Filiz
Ahmet Yenilmez as Hasan
Ekin Turkmen as Ozlem Kosovali
Murat Soydan as Celal Kosovali
Meral Orhonsay as Celal Kosovali
Ferdi Merter as Sefa Kervancioglu
Anta Toros as Belkis Kervancioglu
Nalan Basaran as Asiye Yildiz
Ozlem Turhal as Muge
Gulseven Yilmaz as Melek
Tekin Temel as Sukru
Burak Cevik as Child Mehmet
Main Characters’ Other Popular Dramas
Kenan Imirzalioglu: Ezel (Ezel), Crazy Hearth (Deliyurek)
Selin Demiratar: Adanali
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