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

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After losing his factory job, Yusuf (Mehmet Emin Toprak) leaves his Turkish village and travels to Istanbul in search of work. There, he lives with his cousin Mahmut (Muzaffer Özdemir), a well-to-do photographer. Yusuf, who assumed it would be easy to secure a position aboard a ship, has little luck in his job search. As the days go by, Mahmut clashes with his countrified cousin over their vast differences in personality -- and, perhaps more so, their uncomfortable similarities.

Cast & Crew

Feridun Koc
Janitor
Ebru Ceylan
Young Girl
Bahattin Serter
Feridun Koc
Line Producer
Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Cinematographer
Ebru Yapici
Production Design
Serkan Cindoruk
Second Assistant Director
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Critic Reviews for Distant

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (39) | Rotten (5)

Audience Reviews for Distant

  • Nov 28, 2011
    One year before Andrei Zvyagintsev amazed audiences visually in 2003, <i>Uzak</i> restored faith in Turkish cinema in the fact that new heights could be reached. What we are witnessing here is a melancholic masterpiece. Distance is not only physical; unfortunately, personal will determines how much we allow circumstances to shape our relationships. Great reflection for modernity. 97/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 16, 2011
    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?
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer
  • Dec 03, 2010
    Quintessential Ceylan film is near flawless. Excellent performances from the two leads and engrossing direction and cinematography make for a really astonishing film about two cousins' relationship and the physical distance that seem to grow as they come closer spatially.
    Bert R Super Reviewer
  • Mar 07, 2010
    a great portrait of urban alienation and destruction of the family. with wonderful photography
    Stella D Super Reviewer

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