Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Cast: Stars: Haluk Bilginer, Melisa Sözen, Demet Akbag. 196 min. Turkey/France/Germany. Drama.
I've seen people like this. We've all seen them, and we (or ... I) might be one of them. People who use their education, their religion, their superior intellect, or their money, to hide who they are - by intellectualizing or spiritualizing their filth. Their education/religion/money/IQ has never changed who they really are. This year's Palm d'Or winner shows these characters in a far off Turkey village, where the criminal and the drunkard are the decent ones. Like the director's other great work, this long, slow, meditative and contemplating film is one of the most self-reflective I've ever seen.