Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Cornerhouse, 23 November 2014
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.