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Winter Sleep

Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Turkey, 2014

Cornerhouse, 23 November 2014

Winter Sleep

It’s not the story that sells this Palme d’Or winner; there’s not much of one, in truth.

It’s the stunning wintry mountain landscapes and the painterly composition of each interior scene.  Imagine Chekhov in a Turkish setting (with Istanbul not Moscow being the city of elopement of choice) and you’ll get the gist of what it’s like.  Some way may find it a bit too talky and meandering (in a word, Chekhovian) and with a running time of 3 hours and 16 minutes it is certainly overlong.

Still, a beautiful and interesting film.