Basically this is about the end of a marriage. We don't happen to know any details, any reasons. The entire movie contains almost no dialogues. It is very quiet, silent and slow. We see a lot of close-ups and still pictures. The protagonists are unsympathic. Bottom-line, you constantly ask yourself what you are supposed to think of it. Too much mood & symbolism; boring.
Most of the conflict is internal. Distance & space the only physical obstacles to be overcome. Faces & landscapes take precedence over dialogue. Everything conveyed through eyes. Nothing rationally resolved or talked through. Both impenetrable and deeply poignant. The framing, while intimate, also accommodates vast horizons. A challenging work that quietly demands to be experienced/interpreted on a personal level.
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.
has a weird feel to it.. the kind that results from conflicting stylistic and narrative choices. this being my second Ceylan (after Three Monkeys), I'm starting to feel that this kind of conflict is characteristic of his work.. It's as if the film is a soap opera given an 'art-house' treatment and shot through the lens of a photographer..
El cine de Bilge siempre ha tenido como personaje al "clima", y no solo el ambiental, sino también el emocionalmente melancólico. Por primera vez el tema de la familia está ausente en su fílmica y ahora lo central es el amor. La soledad, el egoísmo, todo empleado en el mutismo de una pareja que no se entiende más que con su interior. El exterior (clima) es casi un síntoma. La naturaleza es tema inamovible en Bilge.
Visually stunning - especially the opening scene -, Ceylan literally captures the "climate" of what he's trying to film -- a snow storm, a rain fall, but also the shifts in mood of his characters (a sigh, a laugh) ; in other words he approaches his subject matter as if coming from the air itself: Ceylan, cinéma atmospherique!