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Movie Suggestion XXXVI: Winter Sleep



Movie Suggestion XXXVI: Kis Uykusu


Country: Turkey | France | Germany – 2014


Genre: Drama


Directed by: Nuri Bilge Ceylan


Starring: Haluk Bilginer, Melisa Sözen, Demet Akbag.




“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 a shelter but also an inescapable place that fuels their animosities…” (Cannes Festival)




“The easy gag about the 196-minute “Winter Sleep” is that it’s so good it makes 3  1/2 hours feel like two, but that’s no joke. Filmgoers willing to commit the time, attention and emotional bandwidth to Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s finely tuned domestic drama will find themselves richly rewarded. The film serves not only as a mesmerizing escape into another world, but also a compelling, compassionate deep dive into human frailty and self-deception.” (




“The cold and dark of the icy season setting, in the Cappadocia mountains of the Turkish auteur’s familiar region of Anatolia, emanates from the screen like frozen mist, caught by cinematographer Gokhan Tiryaki’s attentive and patient lens.




The spiritual chill isn’t so apparent, at least not immediately. But it sinks even deeper into the bones, the film’s 196-minute running span serving to lower the temperature one degree at a time.




Ceylan spins gold in thought and image, set to the mournful strains of Schubert’s Piano Sonata No. 20, with this impeccably acted morality tale of a wealthy man who sins by omission.” (




“The gorgeous images have a faint golden glow, a warmth that emanates from their center and illuminates the pale, untouched snow surrounding the forlorn characters. The actual narrative may sometimes trudge along like a traveler braving a blizzard without snowshoes, but Ceylan makes the smallest of moments (a child throwing a rock at a moving car, a drawn-out conversation about class and spirituality) feel like apocalyptic harbingers.” (




“The Palme D’or winner from the 2014 Cannes Film Festival is arriving now in the U.S. nearly a year after its debut. For the most part, it was worth the wait, and almost worth the 196-minute runtime as well. The movie plants interesting seeds and takes us away until it’s the right time to witness the plot open up. When we see the consequences of a broken window, a long-harbored resentment, or a mild criticism, Winter Sleep engages with a captivating pathos.” (




An enthralling and extraordinarily challenging drama with a wonderful cinematography, incredibly complex characters and thought-provoking discussions involving matters such as religion, morality, resignation and conscience in ways that would leave Ingmar Bergman and Anton Chekhov proud. ( – Carlos Magalhães)




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April 7, 2015


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