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8 April 2013 1:20 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Home is the slow, unremarkable directorial debut of an actor who had prominent roles in several early films by Turkey's most prominent director, Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Its protagonist is Dogan, an architect experiencing a mid-life crisis who's told by a senior colleague to dispel his depression by revisiting his native northern Turkey, taking with him a camera to photograph the landscape and document it for environmentalists. Rather poor advice for him and us.

Dogan visits his married sister for the first time in 15 years, has an encounter with suspicious local officials who are on the lookout for terrorists, drops in at a fish farm and meets a somewhat worldly imam. His brother-in-law tells him to accept the necessity of change, but Dogan, not surprisingly, finds the place somewhat run-down, its Greek inhabitants now gone and the local streams (referred to in the inadequate subtitles as "brooks") despoiled by hydroelectric schemes. »

- Philip French

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