Former actor Aydin (Haluk Bilginer), who’s now running a hotel in a desolate part of Anatolia, becomes involved in a conflict with tenants. A three-hour epic that most critics adored, borrowing inspiration from Chekhov’s ”The Wife” and Dostoyevsky’s ”The Brothers Karamazov” – but obviously also Bergman. The conflict (involving a stone-throwing boy) is a minor one, but it keeps festering; so does the issue of money, trust and independence, especially between the actor and his younger activist wife. Very slow, but there’s a lot of drama in the dialogue and the stark landscape.
2014-Turkey. 196 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Screenplay: Ebru Ceylan, Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Cinematography: Gökhan Tiryaki. Cast: Haluk Bilginer (Aydin), Demet Akbag (Necla), Melisa Sözen (Nihal), Ayberk Pekcan, Tamer Levent, Nejat Isler.
Trivia: Original title: Kis uykusu.
Cannes: Palme d’Or.