Thursday, October 16, 2014

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011)

Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Cast: Muhammet Uzuner, Yilmaz Erdogan, Taner Birsel. 157 min. Not Rated. Turkey/Bosnia and Herzegovina. Crime/Drama.

At dusk, government officials take a murderer to the outskirts of Anatolia, Turkey, to find where he buried his victim. He's not cooperating, so the story drags on through the night. And I mean drags on. But it's a two-and-a-half hour story that needs to be told slowly, because as in real life, the characters realize truths about themselves and each other ... gradually. Which means there was no other way to tell this story, and you'll find yourself mesmerized along with the characters. This won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, for very good reason.

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