Uzak (Distant) Reviews

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December 2, 2018
Ceylan's cinema affects a solipsism that leads to a heightened sense of one's own surroundings - thus creating not a slow cinema but an extremely attentive cinema.
December 14, 2017
There is plenty to admire here, but the movie is a gaunt affair, with something ruinously washed-out about it.
September 8, 2005
The tale has a deceptive, emotional complexity that builds to a surprisingly heartrending impact.
March 26, 2005
He'd love to mimic Antonioni and Ozu, but Ceylan still has much to learn about crafting quiet scenes
January 28, 2005
Deeply compassionate and frequently amusing, qualifying as a minor miracle of humanely observant filmmaking.
January 18, 2005
A startlingly quiet film that is buoyed by a droll humor, splendid visuals and bittersweet reflections into the human condition.
October 1, 2004
It's bleak, yes, but it's beautiful in equal measure.
September 24, 2004
A beautifully made, unapologetically artistic piece of work.
September 22, 2004
The film's extraordinary shifts from windswept sorrow ... to deadpan comedy ... are uniquely, triumphantly their maker's own.
July 23, 2004
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
Straightforward, droll, brutally honest and arresting, if somewhat stately in progress.
July 16, 2004
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.
May 26, 2004
Stuffed with unspoken thoughts and unspeakable feelings
May 21, 2004
Films that insist on long periods of nothingness need to earn those periods.
May 21, 2004
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 18, 2004
Few recent films have been so accomplished in capturing the way people drift through their lives, unable to communicate their emotions and feelings.
May 14, 2004
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
This is a movie that dares to ask a powerful question: What does it mean to be really alone? How does it look?
May 14, 2004
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 6, 2004
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?
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