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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An unpublished writer returns to his hometown after graduating, where he seeks sponsors to publish his book while dealing with his father's deteriorating indulgence into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.

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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
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An unpublished writer returns to his hometown after graduating, where he seeks sponsors to publish his book while dealing with his father's deteriorating indulgence into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.

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What a father keeps hidden is revealed in the son.

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Nuri Bilge Ceylan describes his recent shift in style, i.e., increasing the importance of extended dialogues which is the case for both Kis Uykusu (2014) and Ahlat Agaci, as a revolt against certain dogmas about cinema. See more »

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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 Troy (2004) See more »

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Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Leopold Stokowski
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A step backwards in Ceylan's cinema
4 June 2018 | by sakarkralSee all my reviews

It has been 21 years since Ceylan shot his first feature film Kasaba, whose main theme was an intellectual young man's desperate, family-stuck life in the countryside with no way out. After this film throughout his film career he focused on different themes as well of course, from middle class criticism (Climates) to film noir (Three Monkeys). But, being from Turkey, eventually in his last movies he returned to the countryside tales again. Especially this movie, The Wild Pear Tree, seemed to me as if Ceylan suffered from a partial amnesia and forgot that he shot the movie Kasaba. So he blended this "brand new film idea" with his recently developed film aesthetics and here we have The Wild Pear Tree.

In his first movies Ceylan barely had a story, he only had "themes". The rest of the movie was wonderful photography and this is what he got famous for. Then, founding clever collaborations, he learnt how to tell stories as well. But the question here is: does he really have a new story to tell? Turkey has changed a lot since Kasaba, but Ceylan's representations look like they are here to stay eternally. For instance, while Ceylan still hold on to the "intellectual stuck in the countryside" stereotype, intellectuals in the Turkish countryside either made it to the metropolises or they are replaced/outdated by the emerging religious elite.

So instead of telling a new story, Ceylan seems like he chose to "garnish" what he already has, with neverending dialogues unattached to each other. Dialogue with the girl, dialogue with the mayor, with the businessman, with the writer, with the police friend, with the imams and with this and this and this. Kind of a video game, one "countryside monster" at a time. So I think this movie is a rococo remake of minimalist Kasaba.

So if you tolerate the theatrical lines in the first dialogues, the movie is a nice one to see. But in comparison to the last 2 movies of Ceylan, this is certainly a step backwards (and surprisingly, this backwardness is evident also in the photography).


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Turkish

Release Date:

30 January 2019 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Yenice, Çanakkale, Turkey See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$4,923, 3 February 2019

Gross USA:

$34,014

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,717,349
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