A group of men set out in search of a dead body in the Anatolian steppes.
A group of men set out in search of a dead body in the Anatolian steppes.
Muhammet Uzuner Yılmaz Erdoğan Taner Birsel Ahmet Mümtaz Taylan Fırat Tanış Ercan Kesal Cansu Demirci Erol Eraslan Murat Kiliç Şafak Karali Emre Şen Burhan Yıldız Nihan Okutucu Kubilay Tunçer Salih Ünal Aziz İzzet Biçici Celal Acaralp Mehmet Eren Topçak Ufuk Karali Fevzi Müftüoğlu Turgay Kürkçü Fatih Ereli Hüseyin Bekeç Mehmet Öztürk
There is a scene in this film, a background scene, that completely encapsulated the film for me.
It is a scene of two shopkeepers judiciously sweeping the bits of sidewalk and road immediately in front of their place of business. In between the two sweepers lies a huge mound of sand.
No matter how many times they sweep, within minutes any trace of their work will have disappeared.
It will have made no difference.
They keep sweeping.
Nuri Bilge Ceylan takes a microscopic look at the mundane in the form of a crime. A murder has been committed. A man is dead. All those involved in the business of crime, from the criminal to the prosecutor to the police to…
This is my first meeting with a Nuri Bilge Ceylan film, and I was not disappointed. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia is a long, tiresome and difficult watch, and perhaps not for the restless, but it is a masterpiece, and the best of it's kind.
Through the night, three cars carry a small group of men around in the rural surroundings of the Anatolian town Keskin, in search of a buried body. The group involves police officers, a doctor, a prosecutor, two grave diggers, army forces, and two brothers, both homicide suspects. The darkness and the seemingly visual indistinctness of the barren landscape do not help, each spot looks the same.
It's an uncompromising film, seemingly possessed by some…
This movie is slow. It's dark. It's foreign. And it's 157 minutes long. But don't run away just yet. Because there's a lot to appreciate here. Starting of course with its deliberate and contemplative slow pacing that fits like a glove for the type of film this is and the type of mood it tries to convey. The film takes place during a night and day and it follows a group of men in search of a recently buried corpse. The group consists of police officers, gendarmerie forces, the two prime suspects, a doctor and a prosecutor. During this search we come to know these people and get a glimpse inside their lives, what are they like, what interests them,…
There is a magical sequence in Once Upon A Time In Anatolia that has a dream like quality and works like some fresh air in a movie filled with linguistic violence, skepticism, despair and hopelessness: in the middle of a dark night a young girl enters the room with a lamp and serves the guests with glasses of tea. The girl’s beauty, innocence and honest look is the only source of hope and faith in this movie, it is the sequence that I will never forget.
This is not an easy movie to watch, it is 150 minutes long and it has a quite slow pace, but the main thing that makes…
Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 19:14
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Jeremiah 17:9
These two Bible quotations, in my humble opinion, encapsulate the entire statement of Ceylan's new thought-provoking and mysterious crime story, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia. Leaving the crime plot elements aside, which are just the engine of the story, the answers are left intentionally unclear, but the messages are not.
First, appearances are deceiving, and the heart is an intrinsically evil mystery, even to ourselves. Our scope of things is incredibly limited, and in our attempts to rationalize events around us, past…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I’ve been ruminating on Once Upon A Time In Anetolia for a bit now. What I can’t keep from popping into my mind is hearing this as a Hollywood pitch.
“It’s a murder mystery road trip movie. A hard boiled tough as nails detective, cool as ice Doctor with a mysterious past, suspicious Prosecutor, and a supporting cast of dim-witted fun loving buddies take a midnight journey to find a body buried somewhere in a field with a fountain. Hilarity ensues when the drunken perpetrator can’t quite remember exactly what field and fountain it was. Through the course of the evening they all discover that their common bond is girl trouble. Enter the beguilingly beautiful “Cemile” that the group meets…
A complete masterpiece in its pure sense, and one of Nuri Bilge Ceylan's most accomplished work, let alone one of the best films of the decade. Loved it even more this time, such an overwhelming experience unlike anything else. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia requires absolute patience but it is tremendously rewarding. Mr. Ceylan's regular cinematographer Gökhan Tiryaki is a genius. I was mesmerized by the sheer brilliance of every single frame.
Nuri Bilge Ceylan is a true and inspiring artist whose work is always a treat to watch or revisit.
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia looks marvellous, especially on Blu-Ray, and the serene approach to the storytelling only serves to engulf the audience within this world. It is mysterious, atmospheric and compelling.
Generally not my cup of tea, but I dig the all-night atmosphere of the first half.
Like a moth to flame I keep returning to the near-mythical land of Anatolia, mesmerised by the firefly-like headlights of the caravan of vehicles that snake across the Steppes. This was my third observance on Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Once Upon a Time in Anatolia and I am beginning to know every scene by heart, but like a well-thumbed novel, I cannot resist giving myself over to it completely as if it was my first time in its presence. The film transcends the confines of genre, space and time, and creates an atmosphere via painted light that simply cannot be called any less than masterful.
The film opens with the camera peering through a dirty window at three men, one who…
Everything about this movie is slow burn. A long night unfolds in long scenes of long conversation shot in long (often wide, often static) shots. Yet, despite an approach seemingly designed to repel most viewers, Ceylan crafts a style that is hypnotic and rewarding.
Once one adjusts to the quiet rhythms of this world, you won't want these shots to end. They are some of the most sublimely rich images of the last decade. Ceylan's eye for composition is superb and the lighting (often by car headlights for most of the first half) is exceptional. Similarly, he draws his characters with subtle true-to-life details that reveal themselves over time. We are constantly coming to understand these characters and their situations…
Didn't finish it
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"It's the kids who suffer in the end, doctor. Everyone pays for the things they do. But kids pay for the sins of adults."
"Once Upon a Time in Anatolia" is a film about waiting. What we are witnessing from the other side of the screen are those apparently dead moments in which, while any type of action develops somewhere else, those who are not involved simply wait with their hands in his pockets and their head in the clouds. But it is precisely in those moments in which, by shaking off the mundane actions, we discover the essence of all those characters that we cross ahead that don't leave any mark other than their identity.
If it's a long,…
I enjoyed this movie in spite of hating Tarkovsky's films. It had a Coen brothers "no country for old men" feel to it. It has elements to it that a typical western has: the landscapes, gritty hard characters, guns, murder etc. However, it is philosophical and poetic.
It close to reality, yet surreal. I can't describe it completely, but I think I will remember this movie for a while.