Uzak

  • 15
  • Nuri Bilge Ceylan (2003)
  • Tur / Neth (SUB)
  • 106 min
Uzak
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Mehmet Emin Toprak and Muzaffer Ozdemir shared the best actor prize at Cannes for their work in this meticulous insight into the disintegration of traditional ties and the crisis of masculinity in modern Turkey. Making evocative use of snow, director Nuri Bilge Ceylan conveys both the isolation and the alienation of Ozdemir's disillusioned Istanbul photographer and Toprak's optimistically indolent country cousin. Indeed, his emphasis on their inability to communicate is reinforced by his studied pacing and mastery of environment, which recall both Michelangelo Antonioni and Theo Angelopoulos. This isn't an easy film, but it's an impeccably controlled and deeply moving one.

Plot Summary

A photographer living in Istanbul slips into a mid-life crisis when his wife leaves him. However, he is shaken out of his misery by a visit from his eccentric, penniless cousin who has come to the city seeking new employment to support his ailing mother. Drama, starring Muzaffer Ozdemir and Mehmet Emin Toprak. In Turkish.

Cast and crew

Cast

Mahmut
Muzaffer Ozdemir
Yusuf
Mehmet Emin Toprak
Nazan
Zuhal Gencer Erkaya
Lover
Nazan Kirilmis
Janitor
Feridun Koc
Mother
Fatma Ceylan
Young girl
Ebru Ceylan

Crew

Director
Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Other Information

Language: 
Turkish +subtitles
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Artificial Eye
Guidance: 
Contains swearing.
Available on DVD
Released 28 May 2004
Certificate 15
Distributor:
Artificial Eye Film Co. Ltd
Categories
Drama

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