Clark Gable :)
Similar to Kiarostami's tendency to take action off-screen, the storytelling style of this film is similar to Kiarostami's visual approach. A seemingly mundane trip spent one night between some policemen, a doctor, a prosecutor, and a murderer and their team to find a cadaver offers more insight on each of the character's personalities than the actual murder case that is being investigated. Superbly beautiful.
Comparisons to Antonioni and Tarkovsky abound when people discuss Ceylan. Though his movies may share the beautiful landscape photography, long takes, and contemplative nature, there is something more raw about his work. Antonioni and Tarkovsky played with big ideas, which is not to say Ceylan does not, but they played with big ideas in a larger than life manner. Ceylan is more quiet about his ideas. The film unfolds almost in real time. This is what police work is, a lot of agonizing over details. Consider the way the Prosecutor files his reports; very meticulous. This film is meticulous. It demands patience. But it is a ravishing experience. We spend so much time with these characters that one feels as if they know them intimately. We forget that these are actors, the idea becomes an impossibility. I still felt like there was something missing here, something essential that keeps it from being a masterpiece. Ceylan is very cryptic when it comes to information about his characters, we learn about them the way we would learn about people in real life, but at times it feels like a tease. I wanted a little more. But I am nitpicking, check this one out.
"You're bored now, but this will make a good story later," says one of the characters. Nice try.
There is so much to say, but in a way; so little happens. This movie is absolutely perfect-- not a frame is wasted.
Adore it! The movie is like if Samuel Beckett was directing an opera and got completely frustrated with it and decided to play hide and seek in the dark with Terence Malick instead! Minimalistically beautiful.
A serious contender for film of the year. People will say it's slow, long and tough to get through but who said cinema should be easy? If you give it a chance, this is an incredibly rewarding crime-drama. Read my full review here: http://366movies.com/2012/12/17/352anatolia/
A strikingly shot procedural elevated by its crisply articulate screenplay. None of its 157 minutes feels superfluous.
Ambitious, but unsuccessful, despite occasional poetry. For the most part Ceylan just lacks the ability to transform the banal into great cinema.