Once Upon a Time In Anatolia
Nuri Bilge Ceylan
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About the Film
The director of Uzak and Three Monkeys, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, has established himself as one of the new masters of cinema. With his new film Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, he offers us an epic and rigorous tale of a night and day in a murder investigation. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia is a beautifully photographed crime drama about police and prosecutors grimly locating a buried body through one long night in the Anatolian steppes. As the corpse is exhumed, many long-buried thoughts and fears are disinterred in the minds of the hard-bitten lawmen.
I watched it last year and I like it very much and I suggest it for you to watch because the story is well established and amazing.
I can't remember the last time I was so disappointed with a film. I really expected to enjoy this, having lived in Anatolia for 4 years. However, I couldn't relate to or connect with any of the characters, none of whom were very interesting anyway. There was also absolutely no mystery involved of any kind and very little in the way of a plot. The cinematography was excellent but that begins to wear a bit thin after about 15 minutes. Very little happens at all with far too much time spent watching people staring into the distance. If it had been an hour shorter I might have put it down to 'art' but this was far too long and boring to receive any credit at all. Avoid.
not up to the hype
I must admit I had rented this because of various good reviews. It was very long, incredibly slow, boring and without a story. Just an endless series of art house observations and inuendos. There must have been a hidden message there somehwere but I just didn't get it. Not awful but not even avergae to be honest. Spend your money elsewhere.