2014: #2 Winter Sleep

Directed by: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Written by: Ebru Ceylan
Starring: Haluk Bilginer, Demet Akbag, Melisa Sözen, Tamer Levent, and Nejat Isler
Distributer: Sony Pictures Classics
Country: Turkey
Language: Turkish
Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 196 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Date released: 12/19/2014
Date seen: 1/16/2015
Worldwide Box Office Gross: $3.7 Million
# of Oscar nominations: 0
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 3 (Original Screenplay, Supporting Actress, Cinematography)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 1 (Original Screenplay)

I guess I understand why this movie didn’t exactly “break out.”  It’s 196 minutes long, it’s in Turkish, its heavily dialogue driven, but damn if I don’t think it’s a fine piece of work.  Telling the story of a wealthy man who views himself as a respected renaissance man but who comes to realize that he is actually resented by pretty much everyone around him.  The film plays out like a brilliant piece of theater but set against a brilliantly atmospheric Anatolian backdrop, the film is probably Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s most accessible movie in spite of its lengthy runtime.  It’s a film with a very astute understanding of human nature and the various ways that people lie to themselves and to each other and it’s brilliantly acted by the various principal character.
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