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Winter Sleep (2014)

Kis Uykusu (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 12 June 2014 (Turkey)
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A hotel owner and landlord in a remote Turkish village deals with conflicts within his family and a tenant behind on his rent.

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Nuri Bilge Ceylan
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Haluk Bilginer ... Aydin
Melisa Sözen ... Nihal
Demet Akbag ... Necla
Ayberk Pekcan Ayberk Pekcan ... Sofor Hidayet (Hidayet the chauffeur)
Serhat Mustafa Kiliç Serhat Mustafa Kiliç ... Hamdi (as Serhat Kiliç)
Nejat Isler ... Ismail
Tamer Levent Tamer Levent ... Suavi
Nadir Saribacak ... Ogretmen Levent (Levent the teacher)
Mehmet Ali Nuroglu ... Ogretmen Musterisi Timur (Timur, the teacher guest)
Emirhan Doruktutan ... Ilyas
Ekrem Ilhan Ekrem Ilhan ... Atci Ekrem
Rabia Özel Rabia Özel ... Fatma
Fatma Deniz Yildiz Fatma Deniz Yildiz ... Sevda
Masaki Murao Masaki Murao ... Japanese Tourist Erkek
Junko Yokomizo Junko Yokomizo ... Japanese Tourist Kadin
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Storyline

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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Turkish | English

Release Date:

12 June 2014 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

Sueño de invierno See more »

Filming Locations:

Cappadoccia, Turkey See more »

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Gross USA:

$165,520

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$165,520
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2.35 : 1
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Turkish director Ceylan is being sued for alleged animal cruelty as one of the horses was tortured during capture. The Law for the Protection of Animals in Turkey stipulates various fines for those who commit animal cruelty. A draft code that was submitted to the Turkish Parliament this month calls for jail time for those who abuse animals. See more »

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Aydin: Justice doesn't even exist in nature, why should it exist here?
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Suffocating Virtues
13 November 2014 | by 3xHCCHSee all my reviews

Aydin (Haluk Bilginer) is a wealthy man, a former actor who now runs a hotel in Cappadocia. He also writes a column for the local newspaper, and is researching for his planned book about the history of Turkish theater. Nihal (Melisa Sözen) is his beautiful and much younger wife. Necla (Demet Akbag) is his divorced sister.

Also involved the family of Aydin's poor tenants who could not pay their rent for several months already. The friendly and gregarious Hamdi appeals for compassion, while his older brother, the impetuous jobless ex-con Ismail and his sullen young son Illyas, could not hide their contempt for their landlord.

This film is about the various conversations and confrontations between these people. These may begin as abstract debates about not resisting evil or boredom or donations, yet they all end up being very personal. There is no real plot, just a lot of seemingly random dialogue. Although, there are arguments that seemed endless and repetitive, these confrontations were eloquently written with very meaningful words for both sides of the issue. These long talky scenes were riveting despite their length and you hang on to every word they were saying. The performances of the actors of these flawed characters were faultless and so natural.

The cinematography of this film is so amazingly beautiful as it magically captured the unique topography of Cappadocia during the wintertime. There were several picture-perfect haunting scenes throughout, specially those about the Anatolian horse, the cemetery, the train tracks, the tree with the birds, the rabbit in the brush, the town, the hotel -- all covered with pristine snow. The close-ups of the actors were all so perfectly framed to achieve maximal drama. The use of mirrors to vary the camera shots were very good.

I admit that the 3-hour and 16-minute length of this film can be felt. However, you do not really mind this time running as you listen to intellectually-stimulating emotionally-rich conversation. This film is a masterpiece of world cinema by acclaimed Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, truly worthy of its Palme d'Or during the Cannes Film Festival this summer. This should be a shoo-in to at least be nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film. 9/10.


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