Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s film takes a leisurely approach to narrative that’s both intensely dialogical and transfixingly visual.
The Wild Pear Tree sees Nuri Bilge Ceylan in a kind of self-aware dialogue with himself about the methodologies of his work.
Ceylan’s gift is to make interesting stories out of locating small eddies of change in the midst of eternally fixed dynamics.
Even when the strain to invest genre material with epic-scale profundity sometimes shows, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia still manages to weave a hypnotic spell, longueurs and all.
Fans of Ceylan’s film will appreciate the worthwhile features New Yorker Video has included on this DVD edition.