Uzak (Distant) Reviews

December 14, 2017
There is plenty to admire here, but the movie is a gaunt affair, with something ruinously washed-out about it.
January 28, 2005
Deeply compassionate and frequently amusing, qualifying as a minor miracle of humanely observant filmmaking.
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 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?
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 9, 2004
The film takes place in Turkey, but its dynamic could be transplanted anywhere -- maybe to our own families.
April 8, 2004
A Chekhovian tale of major artistic power.
March 26, 2004
A sublime treat for anyone with a taste for subtly rendered, almost purely cinematic expression.
March 25, 2004
A doleful Turkish masterpiece.
March 12, 2004
Has much to say about solitude and friendship and just plain coping with life.
March 11, 2004
Nuri Bilge Ceylan's wry, modest meditation on pettiness works on a minimalist scale.
March 10, 2004
Ceylan, who also served as cinematographer, frames the affecting, unstudied performances in gorgeously chosen shots and nonevents that sometimes teeter on the edge of comedy before knocking us breathless with their emotional power.
March 9, 2004
A movie of quiet revelations that is itself quite surprising.
May 22, 2003
Long on melancholy and short on dramatic texture.