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Distant (2002)

Uzak (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 20 December 2002 (Turkey)
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 overview, first billed only:
Yusuf (as Mehmet Emin Toprak)
Zuhal Gencer ...
Nazan (as Zuhal Gencer Erkaya)
Nazan Kesal ...
Lover (as Nazan Kirilmis)
Feridun Koc ...
Janitor (as Feridun Koç)
Fatma Ceylan ...
Ebru Ceylan ...
(as Ebru Yapici)
Bahaltin Surler ...
(as Bahattin Serter)
Nazli Aydin
Engin Hepsev
Ercan Kesal
Asli Orhun
Ahmet Bugay
Arif Asçi
Cemal Gülas


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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$11,280 (USA) (12 March 2004)


$96,293 (USA) (28 January 2005)

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L'etranger from Camus
12 January 2005 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

For those who are like me and are used to watch and enjoy high budget Hollywood films, on huge screens with a surround audio, this film seems to be so distant. However it surprised me how close can it be to any human while I watch it. It is so natural that you feel like nobody wrote a scenario or nobody directed it. You are the director and you are writing the scenario while you watch it. For me, the time I spend on watching a film is the only time which I go to another world. This film is the first sample for me which shows that it is not always a must to watch millions of dollars of budgeted films, surround audio capabilities to go to another world. This films sends you to another world (or maybe makes you return back to yourself) without millions of dollars of budget, or technical capabilities. I felt like that I'm reading L'etranger from Camus.

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