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Nuri Bilge Ceylan (2003)

15 Certificate


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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.


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 & Crew

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

Language: Turkish +subtitles Colour Theatrical distributor: Artificial Eye Guidance: Contains swearing. Available on: Available on DVD Released on: 28 May 2004


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