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Uzak (Distant)

Uzak (Distant) (2004)



Average Rating: 7.8/10
Reviews Counted: 43
Fresh: 38 | Rotten: 5

Hauntingly beautiful, Distant communicates volumes with its almost pervasive silence.


Average Rating: 7.9/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 1

Hauntingly beautiful, Distant communicates volumes with its almost pervasive silence.



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A drama set in Istanbul revolving around the relationship between a melancholic and obsessive middle-aged photographer named Mahmut and his cousin, Yusuf, an unemployed country boy who comes to Istanbul to find a job on a ship.

Mar 22, 2005

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All Critics (47) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (38) | Rotten (5) | DVD (6)

Deeply compassionate and frequently amusing, qualifying as a minor miracle of humanely observant filmmaking.

January 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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A beautifully made, unapologetically artistic piece of work.

September 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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The film's extraordinary shifts from windswept sorrow ... to deadpan comedy ... are uniquely, triumphantly their maker's own.

September 22, 2004 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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Ultimately, it becomes a movie about the feeling of being alive, the sensation of existence. It's a movie, in a way, about everything.

July 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Straightforward, droll, brutally honest and arresting, if somewhat stately in progress.

July 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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There is no simple sense of uplift in Distant. But there is an exhilaration to revealing the human condition, and Ceylan is ever on the lookout.

May 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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The tale has a deceptive, emotional complexity that builds to a surprisingly heartrending impact.

September 8, 2005 Full Review Source: All Movie Guide
All Movie Guide

He'd love to mimic Antonioni and Ozu, but Ceylan still has much to learn about crafting quiet scenes

March 26, 2005 Full Review Source: | Comments (2)

A startlingly quiet film that is buoyed by a droll humor, splendid visuals and bittersweet reflections into the human condition.

January 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's bleak, yes, but it's beautiful in equal measure.

October 1, 2004 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

For arthouse fans this should be a must - filled as it is with lingering shots, awkward silences and the growing weight of knowing that no character will end up smiling.

July 16, 2004 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland) | Comment (1)

Stuffed with unspoken thoughts and unspeakable feelings

May 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Films that insist on long periods of nothingness need to earn those periods.

May 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

The cumulative force of so many quiet, unforced little moments add up, and it wasn't until a good hour after I'd seen the film that it really took hold of me.

May 21, 2004 Full Review
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Few recent films have been so accomplished in capturing the way people drift through their lives, unable to communicate their emotions and feelings.

May 18, 2004 Full Review Source:

This precisely paced, sensitively performed drama speaks volumes about the growing distance that modern urban living is putting between people who would otherwise have so much in common.

May 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

There are mysteries to be explored in [Ceylan's] compositions: Why are so many people so far from the camera? Why is that floor creaking? Where did that bright red basket, suddenly lowered onto a dingy street, come from?

May 6, 2004 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Audience Reviews for Uzak (Distant)

a great portrait of urban alienation and destruction of the family. with wonderful photography
July 20, 2013
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

I guess I rather watch slices of cake than slices of life. Hitchcock was always right. Why is that some filmmakers think they are giving us profound, meaningful messages through flat out nothingness?
June 16, 2011

Super Reviewer

Melancholic yes and the story will not be to everyone?s taste but Uzak is a visual treat, it is the most beautifully shot film I have ever seen!
September 30, 2009

Super Reviewer

An interesting if not totally fulfilling introduction to Turkish cinema.
January 3, 2010
John Ballantine

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