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8.4
/10
2,456 Ratings

Winter Sleep

Kış Uykusu

Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Turkey, France, 2014
Drama
  • Turkish
  • English

Synopsis

Aydin, a former actor, runs a small hotel in central Anatolia with his young wife Nihal with whom he has a stormy relationship and his sister Necla who is suffering from her recent divorce. In winter as the snow begins to fall, the hotel turns into an inescapable place that fuels their animosities.

Our take

After Once Upon a Time in Anatolia won the Grand Prix, Turkey’s Nuri Bilge Ceylan captivated the Cannes jury once more with this Palme d’Or winner: a rich, Chekhovian drama flush with exquisite beauty.

Winter Sleep Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Winter Sleep is a sweepingly ambitious film that explores concepts of the male ego and patriarchal classism; it’s also, in effect, a character study, though certainly not an insular one. In fact, Ceylan’s epic, novelistic aims take a great step forward after his excellent Once Upon a Time in Anatolia by further demonstrating the dramatic interlocking of characters, story, and setting.
December 19, 2014
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WINTER SLEEP does indeed require each one of its 3 hours and 16 minutes in order to fully illustrate Aydin’s predicament in both its tragedy and ridiculousness (the film is at times surprisingly funny), and no contemporary director has a better compositional eye than Ceylan, who was a professional photographer before he turned to filmmaking. Perhaps not as formally perfect as ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA, this is nonetheless a spellbinding experience—masterfully written, directed and performed.
December 19, 2014
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This movie struck me as both Ceylan’s plainest, and perhaps his finest… The movie, which won the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, has been disparaged by some skeptical critics as a gabfest, and it’s true, there’s a lot of talk here, and very little of it’s small. But that’s not to say that the film is glacially paced; even when staying in the same settings, Ceylan’s camerawork and editing are terrifically alert.
December 19, 2014
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