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The Wild Pear Tree (2018)

Ahlat Agaci (original title)
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An unpublished writer returns to his hometown after graduating, where he seeks sponsors to publish his book while dealing with his father's deteriorating indulgence into gambling.


Nuri Bilge Ceylan
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Cast overview:
Dogu Demirkol Dogu Demirkol ... Sinan Karasu
Murat Cemcir ... Idris Karasu
Bennu Yildirimlar Bennu Yildirimlar ... Asuman Karasu
Hazar Ergüçlü ... Hatice
Serkan Keskin Serkan Keskin ... Suleyman
Tamer Levent ... Grandfather Recep
Öner Erkan ... Imam Nazmi
Ahmet Rifat Sungar ... Ali Riza
Akin Aksu Akin Aksu ... Imam Veysel
Kubilay Tunçer Kubilay Tunçer ... Ilhami
Ercüment Balakoglu Ercüment Balakoglu ... Grandfather Ramazan
Kadir Çermik ... Mayor Adnan
Özay Fecht Özay Fecht ... Grandmother Hayriye
Sencar Sagdic Sencar Sagdic ... Nevzat
Asena Keskinci ... Yasemin Karasu


Sinan is passionate about literature and has always wanted to be a writer. Returning to the village where he was born, he pours his heart and soul into scraping together the money he needs to be published, but his father's debts catch up with him. Written by Happy_Evil_Dude

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What a father keeps hidden is revealed in the son.




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According to Nuri Bilge Ceylan, The Wild Pear Tree is about a son's unavoidable slide towards a fate resembling that of his father. See more »


Sinan Karasu: You know, sometimes things I see in you, me and even grandad remind me of a wild pear tree. I don't know. We're all misfits, solitary, misshapen.
Idris Karasu: Everyone has their own temperament. The thing is being able to accept and like it.
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References Survivor 2017 Turkey (2017) See more »


Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Leopold Stokowski
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Wild Pear Tree: An incomparable experience
3 June 2018 | by billurdabakSee all my reviews

Is it possible to feel the same things with somebody struggling to build his own life, the difficulties he faces to be free from his parents' expectations or oppressions, to realize that they are not his supporters but his obstacles?.maybe a part of it, yes the duration of the film may be longer than the standards (who determines them?) at the end i felt that every scene was necessary to get closer to Sinan's feelings. Asuman who watches a Yilmaz Guney's film, the mother slapping his son's face scene in that film, maybe inspired her to make "why you didn't get the money from him" conversation with her own son or the imams and Sinan's debate about faith, the famous writer's and Sinan dialogue then conflict..even the scene about the tight budget of the lottery salesman maybe reminded Sinan his father's situation. I feel very lucky to watch this film in its original language and I'm still digesting it but as soon as the film ended, i felt like Idris, Asuman, Sinan and all other people around him are still living there, in that town Çan!

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Release Date:

30 January 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Yenice, Çanakkale, Turkey See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,923, 3 February 2019

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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