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Winter Sleep

Kış Uykusu

Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Turkey, France, 2014


Aydin, a former actor, runs a small hotel in central Anatolia with his young wife Nihal with whom he has a stormy relationship and his sister Necla who is suffering from her recent divorce. In winter as the snow begins to fall, the hotel turns into an inescapable place that fuels their animosities.

Our take

After Once Upon a Time in Anatolia won the Grand Prix, Turkey’s Nuri Bilge Ceylan captivated the Cannes jury once more with this Palme d’Or winner: a rich, Chekhovian drama flush with exquisite beauty.

Winter Sleep Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Winter Sleep is a sweepingly ambitious film that explores concepts of the male ego and patriarchal classism; it’s also, in effect, a character study, though certainly not an insular one. In fact, Ceylan’s epic, novelistic aims take a great step forward after his excellent Once Upon a Time in Anatolia by further demonstrating the dramatic interlocking of characters, story, and setting.
December 19, 2014
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WINTER SLEEP does indeed require each one of its 3 hours and 16 minutes in order to fully illustrate Aydin’s predicament in both its tragedy and ridiculousness (the film is at times surprisingly funny), and no contemporary director has a better compositional eye than Ceylan, who was a professional photographer before he turned to filmmaking. Perhaps not as formally perfect as ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA, this is nonetheless a spellbinding experience—masterfully written, directed and performed.
December 19, 2014
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This movie struck me as both Ceylan’s plainest, and perhaps his finest… The movie, which won the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, has been disparaged by some skeptical critics as a gabfest, and it’s true, there’s a lot of talk here, and very little of it’s small. But that’s not to say that the film is glacially paced; even when staying in the same settings, Ceylan’s camerawork and editing are terrifically alert.
December 19, 2014
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What are people saying?

  • Jenny Coldpussy's rating of the film Winter Sleep

    I dare say I got the best out of the viewing experience thanks to the many times I paused it to reread the subs.The weighty dialogue (that somehow managed to feel both natural and poetic) contain the key elements in this brilliant analysis of the attitudes and circumstances that produce modern-day feudalism, in spite of the people's desire to act humanely and preserve their dignity. The ending took my breath away.

  • Maria's rating of the film Winter Sleep

    I believe that in this film, where we don't actually have enough information to know the characters and their intentions, we learn a lot about ourselves and our own intentions. In deep conversations, where different people share completely different ideas, we finally have the opportunity to see through the human kind. That's the beauty about this film: you can't see them because you see yourself. Impressive!

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Winter Sleep

    Winter Sleep must have the most muted Palme d'Or response in years. Boonmee and Tree of Life were greeted with cinephile hallelujahs, and Amour and Blue at least got people arguing. Ceylan's Palme seemed almost like a given after all these years. Winter Sleep is neither his best nor his worst, but is beautiful, charitable, literate, longer than necessary, and a sign he loves Bergman at least as much as Tarkovsky.

  • JP_DawgCat's rating of the film Winter Sleep

    The film made you feel the tension, boredom, and frustration of it's characters before delivering the moments of drama, intensity and beauty. If it was shorter, it wouldn't have worked. It's a subtle, clever, but somewhat demanding movie. Fabulous IMO, even though my bum hurt.

  • Alvi Ifthikhar's rating of the film Winter Sleep

    Sit down with Mr.Aydin ; the pragmatic and enigmatic hotel owner/writer/retired actor, at his home of rural turkish step0pe. Follow him trough series of humble, yet heartwarming and passionate debate about morals, virtue, philosophy, old-life, etc. And each of these debate with his loved ones draws us closer to understand "who is Mr.Aydin? and what makes him so unbearably loveable and amazingly hated.

  • Stephane Tanaka's rating of the film Winter Sleep

    Impossible not to think about Asghar Farhadi's cinema in this great work of talkative piece of art. Intelligent writing, fascinating dialogs, subtle and fine evolution, great and strong characters. Touching and brilliant.

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film Winter Sleep

    This is a truly gifted writer and director team. The scope of this picture is quite ambitious. It has many complex ideas it wants to explore, and therefore it has much more dialogue than 'Once Upon a Time in Anatolia', which is also a great movie. There's so much going on here that it can give you something to chew on for days and days.

  • C҉ă҉t҉ă҉l҉i҉n҉'s rating of the film Winter Sleep

    New empiricism in European cinema is a sympton of regression, a fatigued clinging to sociocultural paradigms in which even critical allusions come of as clinical. When did European art paused its growth to look at the idea of morality, mistaking its audiences for communities? Its shadow no longer hides its weaknesses, on the contrary, it trumpets them by finding courage in fear and pride in humility. It's pathetic. ↓

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