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Winter Sleep (2014)

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Aydin, a former actor, runs a small hotel in central Anatolia with his young wife Nihal with whom he has a stormy relationship and his sister Necla who is suffering from her recent divorce.... See full summary »

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Ayberk Pekcan ...
Sofor Hidayet (Hidayet the chauffeur)
Serhat Mustafa Kiliç ...
Hamdi (as Serhat Kiliç)
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Ismail
Tamer Levent ...
Suavi
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Ogretmen Levent (Levent the teacher)
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Ogretmen Musterisi Timur (Timur, the teacher guest)
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Ekrem Ilhan ...
Atci Ekrem
Rabia Özel ...
Fatma
Fatma Deniz Yildiz ...
Sevda
Masaki Murao ...
Japanese Tourist Erkek
Junko Yokomizo ...
Japanese Tourist Kadin
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Aydin, a former actor, runs a small hotel in central Anatolia with his young wife Nihal with whom he has a stormy relationship and his sister Necla who is suffering from her recent divorce. In winter as the snow begins to fall, the hotel turns into a shelter but also an inescapable place that fuels their animosities... Written by Cannes Film Festival

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This is the second - the first being Yol (1982) - Turkish film to win the Palme d'Or. See more »

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The books in Aydin's hands change during the argument with his wife. See more »

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Necla: Philanthropy isn't tossing a bone to a hungry dog, it's sharing when you are just as hungry.
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References Monsieur Ibrahim (2003) See more »

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Sonata in A major D959 - Andantino
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One Of The Most Engrossing, Mesmerizing & Satisfying Films Of 2014
14 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

Winner of the prestigious Palme d'Or at 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Winter Sleep arrives with high expectations but succeeds amazingly well in living up to its new-found honour for this Turkish drama is simply one of the most engrossing, mesmerizing & satisfying narratives to surface on the silver screen in the past year, and is definitely one of the best films of 2014.

Set in Anatolia, the story of Winter Sleep concerns Aydın; the wealthy owner of a mountaintop hotel who was once an actor but has since fallen into the hibernation mode over the years. The plot covers the chaos his self-involved persona brings to his small kingdom as the animosity of his loved ones & the poor people under his reign begins surfacing once the winter approaches.

Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, the film takes a very methodical, patient & firm approach with its narrative which does a stellar job in slowly unraveling the inner details of the various characters inhabiting this story. The entire story is an amalgamation of one conversation after another but it's how each discussion begins & ends plus seamlessly switches from one to another that makes it such an immersive experience.

The locations are wonderfully chosen, set pieces are finely detailed, the hotel itself creates a calm but secluded ambiance which becomes all the more suffocating on the advent of winter. Camera-work is mostly still yet effective plus the landscapes are beautifully photographed, its 196 minutes of runtime never really bothers for the most part, thanks to its breezy storytelling & the score makes its presence felt just when it's required.

Coming to the performances, every single actor here chips in strongly in their given roles & leave nothing to complain about. Haluk Bilginer delivers a magnificent performance as Aydın, and is brilliantly supported by Demet Akbağ & Melisa Sözen who play his sister & wife, respectively. The rest of the cast also shines since each character is deftly scripted & gradually developed which differentiates them from caricatures.

On an overall scale, Winter Sleep is an intensely gripping, masterfully told & exquisitely layered study of a self-righteous character that also takes an interesting look at failing relationships, old age regrets, class divides, and the morals of right & wrong. And despite its challenging runtime, dialogue-driven plot & slow-burn narration, it manages to be a truly immersive & absorbing cinema that's worthy of your time & money. Highly recommended.


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