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.
The film is one of the major masterpieces of the young decade thus far.
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.
The cardinal sin of reviewing a film must be criticizing it for omissions it never cared about including in the first place.
After the disappointment of Blindness on day one, I enter day two ready to make the most of my time here in Cannes.
Fans of Ceylan’s film will appreciate the worthwhile features New Yorker Video has included on this DVD edition.
The entire film is stitched together from a collection of long shots that stress the expansive emotional distance between an odd couple.