During a sweltering summer vacation on the Aegean coast, the relationship between middle-aged professor Isa (played by Ceylan himself) and his younger, television producer girlfriend Bahar (the luminous Ebru Ceylan, Ceylan’s real-life wife) brutally implodes.
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Ceylan succeeds in making a non-jaded film about jadedness, unflinchingly depicting a vain, spoiled, loveless man who wallows in the mess he has made of two women's lives and his own while avoiding finishing his dumb-sounding thesis. Although I didn't think the sex needed to be so pejoratively Klimtian, the film's conflation of laughing and crying is very Zen and revelatory. Reminiscent of a Joni Mitchell album.
Absolutely contemplative, Ceylan's 'Climates' is simply a beautiful experience. Exquisite in cinematography as well as audio production, the story itself meanders along to match the the film's still, thoughtful scenes. I must now go back to discover Ceylan's previous work.
Visually stunning and psychologically astute. I know these unknowable people--these brilliant, selfish, humorous, yearning, lying people. They're everywhere. Usually not as interesing to anyone but themselves, but In Ceylan's and his wife Ebru's sensitive hands, it's fascinating to watch what they can't bring themselves to say written in their eyes and faces.
I watched this movie last night after having watched Once Upon a Time in Anatolia and Winter Sleep a couple of weeks ago. I have to confess I like this constrained Bilge better than the more saturated and baroque latter one. It definitely reminded me of Antonioni and Bergman's Scenes from a Marriage.