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.
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.
May 26, 2004
Stuffed with unspoken thoughts and unspeakable feelings
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?
April 30, 2004
Unwanted guests have a benefit: They can remind us of our own dislikes and vulnerabilities, and help us come to terms (or not) with them.
April 29, 2004
The question for many viewers will be whether this skillful exposition of urban alienation offers sufficient new insight...to justify a bleak and utterly joyless two hours.
April 9, 2004
The film takes place in Turkey, but its dynamic could be transplanted anywhere -- maybe to our own families.
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