Uzak (Distant) (2004)


Critic Consensus: 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.

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Critic Reviews for Uzak (Distant)

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (17)

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

Jan 28, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A beautifully made, unapologetically artistic piece of work.

Sep 24, 2004 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The film's extraordinary shifts from windswept sorrow ... to deadpan comedy ... are uniquely, triumphantly their maker's own.

Sep 22, 2004 | Full Review…

Ultimately, it becomes a movie about the feeling of being alive, the sensation of existence. It's a movie, in a way, about everything.

Jul 23, 2004 | Full Review…

Straightforward, droll, brutally honest and arresting, if somewhat stately in progress.

Jul 23, 2004 | Full Review…

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 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Uzak (Distant)

a great portrait of urban alienation and destruction of the family. with wonderful photography

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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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 Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

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An interesting if not totally fulfilling introduction to Turkish cinema.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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A film about isolation. Not much happens and not much is said, but it's still an absorbing watch.

Lesley N
Lesley N

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