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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Feridun Koç
as Janitor
Fatma Ceylan
as Mother
Ebru Ceylan
as Young Girl
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Critic Reviews for Uzak (Distant)

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (18)

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

Full Review… | January 28, 2005
Seattle Times
Top Critic

A beautifully made, unapologetically artistic piece of work.

Full Review… | September 24, 2004
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.

Full Review… | September 22, 2004
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.

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

Full Review… | July 23, 2004
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.

Full Review… | May 14, 2004
Denver Post
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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

Super Reviewer

An interesting if not totally fulfilling introduction to Turkish cinema.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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