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Climates

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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.