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20 December 2002 (Turkey) See more »
After his wife leaves him, a photographer has an existential crisis and tries to cope with his cousin's visit. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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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
Ahmet Özyurt
Erhan Ersoy
Hakan Kuldan
Ayhan Ergürsel

Directed by
Nuri Bilge Ceylan 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Nuri Bilge Ceylan  scenario
Cemil Kavukçu  additional writing

Produced by
Nuri Bilge Ceylan .... producer
Feridun Koc .... line producer
Cinematography by
Nuri Bilge Ceylan (director of photography) (as N. B. Ceylan)
Film Editing by
Nuri Bilge Ceylan  (as N. B. Ceylan)
Ayhan Ergürsel 
Production Management
Feridun Koc .... production manager (as Feridun Koç)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Serkan Cindoruk .... second assistant director
Art Department
Adnan Sahin .... color supervisor
Sound Department
Erkan Aktas .... sound mixer
Ismail Karadas .... sound
Richard Welsh .... dolby sound consultant
Camera and Electrical Department
Turksoy Golebeyi .... assistant camera (as Türksoy Gölebeyi)
Zafer Saka .... set & lighting utility
Editorial Department
Tuncay Koçtürk .... negative cutter
Mustafa Oruç .... negative & positive bathing
Erol Sahin .... printing
Mustafa Sahin .... negative & positive bathing
Zekeriya Sahin .... printing
Eyüp Yildiz .... negative cutter
Yahya Öztürk .... negative & positive bathing
Alaeddin Aksoy .... thanks
Asiye Aksoy .... thanks
Arif Asçi .... thanks
Necmi Aykar .... thanks
Asiye Bodur .... thanks
Ebru Ceylan .... thanks (as Ebru Yapici)
Emine Ceylan .... thanks
Zeki Demirkubuz .... thanks
Sadik Incesu .... thanks
Cemil Kavukçu .... thanks
Temel Kerimoglu .... thanks
Kadir Kubasik .... thanks
Hakan Kürtür .... thanks
Cemal Okan .... thanks
Serdar Pehlivanoglu .... thanks
Keriman Ulusoy .... thanks
Ahmet Çadirci .... thanks
Kamer Çelik .... thanks
Reis Çelik .... thanks
Yüksel Öztürk .... thanks
Ahmet Özyurt .... thanks
Metin Üstündag .... thanks

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Also Known As:
"Uzak" - Turkey (original title)
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110 min
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Mahmut's house is actually the director's own house.See more »
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19 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Uzak is a contemporary masterpiece, 19 March 2004
Author: Aeolus

Distant is the story of two alienated people and their intercrossed lives that end up illustrating something about the fate of mankind in a downsizing world. The basic premise is that of a country bumpkin, Yusuf, with whose arrival at his cousin Mahmut's house begins a dance of discomfiture between the two men who have become distanced from their inner selves each in a separate way. Yusuf's removal from his feeding grounds is not enough to cast a pall over his mood, but his naïve, insecure optimism is quick to turn him into a permanent cripple in the frigid atmosphere of Istanbul when it is denied all nourishment from Mahmut whose sophistication is a casebook recipe for alienation. Mahmut is a photographer who has labored hard to make it in the big city and by Yusuf's arrival completely turned himself over to his profession.

The women in Mahmut's life are transits, too, in one way or another: his ex-wife, now married again, has come to terms with the fact that she was left infertile by an abortion, which still vexes Mahmut's conscience, and now she and her new husband have decided to move to a new country, possibly never to return. His mother is ill and dying, but Mahmut puts off going to see her in the hospital until three quarters into the movie when a surgery has left her wailing with pain and bemoaning her fate like almost every other character in this picture. The motif of ailing mothers is one of the crucial ties between the cousins, for Yusuf has one too. In contrast to Mahmut's neglectful attitude, the very first thing Yusuf does in Istanbul is to call his own mother. Nonetheless, neither man may hope to effect much change in the women from whom they are separated by physical or emotional distance. Not only can they relate to the relationships in their lives, but also neither man can form a new relationship throughout the movie, with Yusuf experiencing repeated rejections from one employer after another and both men never mustering the courage to formalize a relationship with the attractive women who pass through their lives. Both transits, the cousins find that their lives are peopled by the relationships of most transitory kind.

Like a symphony, the film plays around with the various meanings of its title in a virtuoso directorial performance by NB Ceylan, who has made a career out of enshrining Tarkovsky into the landscape of Turkish cinema. The influence of Tarkovsky here is felt not only in Mahmut's private screenings of Solaris, and the movie's decidedly meticulous cinematography, but also in the mysterious deployment of free indirect imagery (imagery of a character's thoughts), and a mystical signpost at the end of the movie that recalls Tarkovsky's Nostalghia. Interestingly, Distant won three Palme D'Ors at the Cannes film festival, where it was judged by no other than Steven Soderberg who has remade Solaris, that seminal masterpiece of Tarkovsky.

Unlike Tarkovsky and even Soderberg, however, Ceylan ends his film at a note that is nonetheless captivating for having been obvious for a very long time. The cousins drive each other to the brink and finally, disillusioned, Yusuf moves out and disappears from Mahmut's life. The story unfolds like a classic parable with readily identifiable and human elements that offset its "alien" features, such as its Turkish setting, and makes this film a universal and poignant tale of lives held at a devastating distance.

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