Lisa Schwarzbaum
October 25, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Climates

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
101 minutes
Limited Release Date
10/27/06
performer
Ebru Ceylan, Nuri Bilge Ceylan
director
Nuri Bilge Ceylan
distributor
Zeitgeist Films
author
Nuri Bilge Ceylan
genre
Drama

We gave it an A-

Climates begins in the summer warmth of western Turkey and ends in the wintry snow of the east — the shift is as metaphorical as it is meteorological in Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s exquisitely structured, pitiless study of a middle-aged man trapped in a stagnant emotional weather pattern. In his rejection of his younger girlfriend (Ebru Ceylan, the filmmaker’s wife), Isa (Ceylan himself) is a close cousin of the dour loners in the director’s previous film, Distant. But a rough sex scene between Isa and a sometime lover, shot in one long take and featuring a stray hazelnut, hints at a sense of humor about relationships as nutty as it is deadpan.

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