Nuri Bilge Ceylan: Uzak

Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan‘s ‘Uzak‘ (translated as ‘Distant’) from 2002 adds on to the growing pool of cinema of this century which is distinctly and necessarily in opposition to the mainstream commercial cinematic idiom, typified by the ‘stylized-pop-marketized’ fare out of the Los Angeles area in the USA. Ceylan’s cinema is a cinema of sounds and silences, of doors and windows (our separators from what lies outside, what stays in -- who can walk through, who closes, who opens, for what). It is also a remarkably restrained cinema, especially when considering the cinematic excesses that one encounters in the everyday, in the there here and the now. But perhaps more importantly, Ceylan articulates the inevitability of human isolation, the ‘ephemerality’ of relationships (both desired and destructive at the same time), and the potential for urban dehumanization. Watch. (Update: Unfortunately, the full length film upload was taken down by the Tube. This is a trailer, and the ending scene, for you to have a glimpse. I will share the full length film as soon as it is available again.)

Uzak - Original Trailer

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Ending Scene

 

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Balla
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wonderfully understated…loved it

David
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This one hits home quick..made me reflect on my own family relations

fullmetaljack
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the west never makes movies like this, at least have not seen one

RMoore
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I found that Yusuf laughing moment with the soldier toy in hand a bit, strange.

maryam
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a great study in contrasting, the characters of yusuf n mahmut. mahmut is the complicated city man while yusuf is the simple villager…definitely a universal message movie

xiM Clutch
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Nuri Ceylan is a photographer. Interesting

Derek
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I have just read that the younger actor died in an accident or something after filming this. RIP.

Rishi
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understated, quiet, but intense,, have not watched one of these in a while,,, Like.

tjpim
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good talent, no doubt. I just watched Saturno Contro by Ferzan Ozpetek, twas lovely and realized that how talented Turkish directors there are…

Krazy Kat
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loved the way he dwelt on the relationships bit,,the love that will never happen,,and the loved that died along the way,,,nice

aceshigh
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I find his movies quiet, slow but poetic… I’ve seen this one, Kasaba and others . He is surely a talent. I’ve just watched Climates.and i found It was a bit boring. Not for everyone i suppose

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