Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
Original title: Uzak
Turkey, 2002. NBC Ajans, NBC Film. Screenplay by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Cemil Kavakcu. Cinematography by Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Produced by Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Production Design by Adnan Sahin. Film Editing by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Ayhan Ergürsel. Cannes Film Festival 2002. Toronto International Film Festival 2003.
The age-old tale of the city mouse and the country mouse is given the arthouse treatment in this superb drama by Nuri Bilge Ceylan. A successful photographer lives in Istanbul years after having been the one to leave his village and make good in the big city. He is happy to put up his cousin when he arrives from back home, telling him that he has come to the big city in search of work to take care of his ailing mother, but friction soon ensues. Different lifestyles and different habits pit these men against each other, but Ceylan’s observation of human behavior is such a deft combination of subtle movements and elegant visuals that you never for a minute feel like the story’s themes are being dictated to you. As with much of his work, one feels like the interior nature of each character is being revealed but the mechanics are never obvious.