a Time In Anatolia (15)
Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan
13th April - 19th April 2012
Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Uzak, Climates, Three Monkeys) worked as a professional
photographer before becoming a film director, and it shows!
Once Upon A Time in Anatolia contains several examples of long duration
shots within its 145 minutes, filled with awe inspiring abstract quality,
and is art house cinema of the very highest quality, in some ways reminiscent
of Russian maestro Andrei Tarkovsky.
A seemingly simple storyline, set in the Asian area of Turkey, in the
Anatolian town of Keskin, nevertheless includes complex character studies
- the characters depicted are not easily identifiable or easily understood.
Two murder suspects, including the brooding and battered figure of Kenan
(Firat Tanis) are acccompanied by several policemen - led by the uptight
Naci (Yilmaz Erdogan) - a public prosecutor, a doctor, two gravediggers
and a couple of paramilitary soldiers, are looking for the whereabouts
of a buried body of a man who was brutally slain. Once found it would
wrap up the investigation.
The search causes increasing frustration within the group as they visit
several locations in the open countryside without any success.
Despite the generally solemn tone of the film there are moments of dry
humour, notably when public prosecutor Nusret (Taner Birsel), in dictating
the description of the body, which they finally track down, likens his
face to that of Clark Gable, with Nusret himself resembling Gable!
A turning point in the movie occurs when the group visit a local village
to rest and partake of food. The presence of the mayor's bewitching young
daughter, Cemile (Cansu Demirci), has an effect on most of them, including
Kenan, who is very struck by her beauty and the sudden realisation of
the life he will soon lose.
As the film unfurls Cemal (Muhammet Uzuner), the local doctor becomes
a central figure, particualrly in the closing stages when he is conducting
an autopsy on the body - the sound of bones being broken may turn some
A special mention goes to cinematographer Gokhan Tityaki, who imbues
the film with countless gourgeous images, together with the use of poignant
natural sounds, including dogs barking the distance and strong winds blowing
Comment left by dazza on 1st May, 2012 at 18:08