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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

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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Language:

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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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The leading character's name "Aydin" is an another hidden part of this movie for the international audience. The meaning of aydin in turkish is highbrowed or enlightened. It is a very common name in Turkey for male. See more »

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

Quotes

Aydin: Justice doesn't even exist in nature, why should it exist here?
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Desolation
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remarkable in every aspect
17 June 2014 | by gerard_chaouatSee all my reviews

I had the chance to see tonight this movie in "Positif" (a french, highly rated, cinema review) "avant Première". When I made the usual reservation for Positif readers/ subscriber, the reservation told me (and it is listed in the invitation) "we remind you that this movie lasts 3h and 16 minutes....". Unusual....

I was aware of that, but , as Michel Ciment pointed out, in his introduction, there are 1h 30 minutes movies which seem to last 4 hours....

and here, "on ne voit pas le temps passer" un-consciously used the title of a song by Jean Ferrat).

And, indeed, this is true. Very few "important" events happen in the film, but the degradation of the relation between the two main characters takes place little step by little step, and each dialogue is captivating, while the cast (all the cast) is wonderfully playing. Some scenes are surprising by their underneath violence (how a gift turns out to be an insult , and how the outrage is returned, is a flabbergasting sequence) The location in Anatolia, the winter atmosphere, and the remarkable photography adds a piece of charm to the film. At the end, you will remember that it all started by a little stone thrown at a car.... and wonder how you were so much immediately entrapped by the intrigue, so much that it could have lasted as long as the mother and the whore, another lengthy movie, you would not have complained.

I do not want to spoil you by describing the plot, but it brings so many reflections about society, aging of a relationship, and a couple, that ... you will want to see it again (which I will certainly do when it is theater released in August). It is an absolute masterpiece, and likely the best film of the decade......(and of course Ceylon best so fat) Go to see it !


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