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Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da (2011)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 23 September 2011 (Turkey)
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A group of men set out in search of a dead body in the Anatolian steppes.

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Taner Birsel ...
Ahmet Mümtaz Taylan ...
Driver Arab Ali
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Ercan Kesal ...
Mukhtar
Erol Erarslan ...
Murder Victim Yasar
Ugur Aslanoglu ...
Courthouse Driver Tevfik
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Safak Karali ...
Courthouse Clerk Abidin
Emre Sen ...
Sergeant Onder
Burhan Yildiz ...
Suspect Ramazan / Zanli Ramazan
Nihan Okutucu ...
Cansu Demirci ...
Kubilay Tunçer ...
Autopsy Technician Sakir
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In the rural area around the Anatolian town of Keskin, the local prosecutor, police commissar, and doctor lead a search for a victim of a murder to whom a suspect named Kenan and his mentally challenged brother confessed. However, the search is proving more difficult than expected as Kenan is fuzzy as to the body's exact location. As the group continues looking, its members can't help but chat among themselves about both trivia and their deepest concerns in an investigation that is proving more trying than any of them expected. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Crime | Drama

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23 September 2011 (Turkey)  »

Also Known As:

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$10,652, 8 January 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$138,730, 3 June 2012
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2.35 : 1
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Turkey's official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 84th Academy Awards 2012. See more »

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Naci speaks to his wife on the mobile phone. When his wife hangs up angrily, a dial tone is heard. No dial tone is heard on mobile phones. See more »

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Referenced in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2011 (2011) See more »

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Alli Turnam (Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da)
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Excellent Comtemporary Turkish Cinema
4 October 2012 | by See all my reviews

First of all I have to admit I never saw any film by Director Ceylan before 'Once Upon a Time in Anatolia'. But was I ever glad that I stumbled onto this remarkable film. His work will be on my radar screen from now on.

At over 150 minutes, and with little action and practically no musical score, this film may appear long for many. However, it had my attention for the entire length of the film. My interest to know more about each individual that formed the search party (the party was out trying to locate a dead body in the countryside at night), the stories behind each one of them, and what was beyond the obvious collectively glued me to the screen. Acting was first rate by all. Camera work was artistic and competent. Watching the film was like reading an interesting book in candle light - your eyes are strained but you still want to come to the end.

My only complaint is a good part of my attention was allocated to reading the subtitles, which can be fast at times, so I could not focus 100% on the acting and the images. To remedy that I had to watch it for a second time. I also share the sentiment from some reviewers on one particular scene - the emergence of the village head's young daughter to serve tea to all these weary male bodies, and the reaction by each as they looked up onto her kind and angelic face in surprise. This scene was very well timed and well done.

In summary, serious fan of international cinema should not miss this film. It is worth everyone of the 150+ minutes of your life.


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