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346 Ratings

The Wild Pear Tree

Ahlat Agaci

Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Turkey, France, 2018


Sinan is passionate about literature and has always wanted to be a writer. Returning to the village where he was born, he pours his heart and soul into scraping together the money he needs to be published, but his father’s debts catch up with him…

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The Wild Pear Tree Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Ceylan’s latest two films [. . . take] us hostage within introverted narratives that shovel ideas down our throats. I consider this a step backwards, since in a country where our voices are crushed every day, cinema should be an open-air pavilion that expands our consciousness of ourselves and of the horrific events surrounding us.
January 02, 2019
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The result is a film that I found more admirable than likeable. Certainly its portrait of Sinan captures a certain recognizable type of self-assured, stubborn character, and there is a certain humor in that portrayal. . . . I found the ending a bit too pat and easy.
October 07, 2018
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Simultaneously static and ambulatory, Sinan spends much of the time trying to find a publisher for his ambitious novel, from which the film takes its title—another self-reflexive move on Ceylan’s part, who has succeeded in translating to screen the experience of being engrossed by a particularly discursive, verbose, and occasionally hubristic novel.
September 07, 2018
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