Clark Gable :)
"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/
The mundane becomes the mythic, aided by painterly visuals, the music of the natural world, and several brilliant performances, especially from Yılmaz Erdoğan as the quintessential cop and Taner Birsel as a self-deluded prosecutor.
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.
A truly magical and rewarding cinematic experience. I know this film has been described as "slow" but I found the entire thing riveting from beginning to end. The composition of each shot was perfect and cinematography as a whole was magnificent. The acting and the characters themselves were perfect. Everything about this film was haunting and beautiful. I definitely will need to see this one again sometime soon.
"slow cinema" is beginning to transform from a liberating technique to a familiar aesthetic, and this film's forefathers feel like an obstacle, accordingly. i immediately recalled "the wind will carry us" and "stalker" while watching this - and early on, i even wished i was watching one of those instead. but it finds its voice eventually. as the investigation unravels, judgments fade and its real inquiries resonate.
Despite hearing a few mutterings of "Jesus Christ" at the end of my screening, I don't think this is a film you can form an immediate opinion on. Where this story begins and where it ends are almost arbitrary. This is a brief glimpse into the lives of several ordinary characters - their hopes, fears, regrets - who try to keep themselves warm in the dark, knowing all the while that death is waiting to carry them away
This film is not for everyone, it is not entertainment - it is work, and it is not easy. To commit to this film, you are committing to watching gears turn inside the skulls of characters, understanding how they're being affected and how each seemingly insignificant moment is a clue towards truth. The relentlessly beautiful images are, like the friendly mayor's daughter, gorgeous but trapped in sadness forever.
The Grand Jury Prize-winner at Cannes last year, Ceylan’s masterpiece never hurries; he plays with our expectations and sometimes teases our patience, but cumulatively the scenes resonate with a profound melancholy and regret. This film has a dark meditative beauty where the photography alone makes the whole experience worthwhile. Ceylan is absolutely one of the top three art-house cinema directors of this decade.