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Distant (2002)
"Uzak" (original title)

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After his wife leaves him, a photographer has an existential crisis and tries to cope with his cousin's visit.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Muzaffer Özdemir ...
Mahmut
Emin Toprak ...
Yusuf (as Mehmet Emin Toprak)
Zuhal Gencer ...
Nazan (as Zuhal Gencer Erkaya)
Nazan Kirilmis ...
Lover
Feridun Koc ...
Janitor (as Feridun Koç)
Fatma Ceylan ...
Mother
Ebru Ceylan ...
(as Ebru Yapici)
Bahaltin Surler ...
(as Bahattin Serter)
Nazli Aydin
Engin Hepsev
Ercan Kesal
Asli Orhun
Ahmet Bugay
Arif Asçi
Cemal Gülas
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Mahmut, a 40 year old independent photographer, is a "village boy made good" at least professionally in the big city - Istanbul in this case. After his wife leaves him, he falls into an existential crisis. Then comes his cousin Yusuf, who left his native village after a local factory closed down, effectively unemploying over half the local men. He looks to Istanbul for salvation: a job on board a ship sailing abroad, at once exciting and crucial to supporting his family in the desperately poor village. The distance between the two men is apparent at once, and becomes increasingly pronounced. Whereas Mahmut is adusted to big city life and suffers from many of its neuroses, Yusuf is a lonely, excentric country worker with annoying nervous and hygienic habits, and a sick mother back home he must somehow support. This intimate drama was filmed in the director's apartment in Istanbul, using all his furniture, appliances, rooms, car and so on as the film's props. The actor playing Yusuf is ... Written by Gonz30

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£14,772 (UK) (4 June 2004)

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$96,293 (USA) (28 January 2005)
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Captures the spirit of Chekhov better than any other film.
1 August 2005 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

Hysterically painful; perhaps the kind of movie Chekhov would have made had he made movies. What's really funny is that the two cousins have so very much in common (many descriptions of their relationship on this site are dead wrong).

What's really funny and uncomfortable about these characters is that they just can't bring themselves to talk to each other - or anyone else! It's horrible. If you've ever been too shy, worried, self-involved, or just plain scared to talk to someone (and who hasn't?) you'll definitely see yourself in this film. And it won't be pretty.

It holds a mirror up to the audience and says, "If you don't like what you see... change it".


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