A photographer who is haunted by the feeling that the gap between his ideals and his real life is growing finds himself obliged to put up in his apartment a young relative who has left behind his village looking for a job aboard a ship in Istanbul to go abroad.
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Ceylan is obviously an acquired taste - a very methodical, purposeful and deliberate director arguably undone by his own genius. More inquiry required - this one is fascinating if a tad overrated nonetheless.
This film features some really fantastic moments of starkness. I absolutely loved the atmosphere that Ceylan created for his characters to live in and his use of framing, especially that opening shot- bravo!
The emotional stasis the two main characters are in is built upon in a minimalistic and refreshing way at every step whilst at various points in the film surreal moments manage to seep in.Mahmut and Yusuf are surrounded by the bleak and industrial environment and cannot connect to other people or to each other for that matter. Still the film's poignancy resides in the truthful and honest portrayal of day-to-day life.
An inmense achievement for Ceylan's approach, the movie is both beautiful to look at and endlessly relatable for just about anyone watching, and the fact that he accomplishes that without staying away from his deeply personal circle to tell stories is remarkable.
great film, definitely, but i think it's more influenced by the work of Antonioni than Tarkovsky, contrary to popular belief, but i can see the work of both film makers in there.
can't wait to see his other films.
a rarity has happen : i enjoyed this SLOW drama. Distant is just amazing to keep my eyes wide open, while the english title is translated "Distant", but the movie feels so close to my (if not ours) everyday life. every scene is worth watching for. The 'Porn scene' is definitely one of the funniest moment of cinema, and also the most truthful.LOL
In Nuri Bilge Ceylan's remarkable somber film Uzak, Istanbul is a beacon attracting Yusuf whose recent layoff from a rural factory spurs him to seek work in the city and points beyond. Mahmut, his urban photographer cousin, puts him up in his apartment but the snowy Istanbul winter blanketing the city not only seems to freeze time but chills the weak emotional connection between them. A spring thaw seems indefinite.
Ultra-realism as its finest.
The pro: I get to see a piece of Turkey
The con: I could have seen about 3/4th's of the movie by looking into a mirror and bringing up my own existential crises. Ever watch a movie that hits too close to home (resonates to well with you) to be comfortable. Yeah.