Climates (Iklimler) (The Climate) (2006)



Critic Consensus: Aesthetically sound and solidly acted, but will nonetheless ring hollow for some viewers.

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The seasons mark the stages in the collapse of a marriage in this drama from Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Isa (Nuri Bilge Ceylan) is a college professor with a younger girlfriend, Bahar (Ebru Ceylan), who works as an art director for television. Isa and Bahar have been together and seemingly happy for years, but as they vacation with friends in the seaside community of Kas, it becomes obvious the two are drifting apart, and one evening over dinner their tensions come out into the open; Bahar calls an end to their relationship as she heads home for Istanbul without her Isa. As fall sets in, Isa and Bahar have fallen out of touch with one another; he's resumed an on-again, off-again relationship with his lover Serap (Nazan Kesal) which is founded on a mutual enthusiasm for aggressive sex, while Bahar is working in Eastern Istanbul on a television project. With the coming of winter, Isa travels to the remote mountain location where Bahar has been working to pay a visit, though neither party is sure if they want to reconcile. Nuri Bilge Ceylan not only wrote and directed Climates (aka Iklimler) but played the male lead, Isa, while his real-life wife, Ebru Ceylan, portrayed Bahar. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama
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Ebru Ceylan
as Bahar
Arif Asçi
as Arif
Can Ozbatur
as Guven
Ufuk Bayraktar
as Taxi Driver
Fatma Ceylan
as Isa's Mother
Emin Ceylan
as Isa's Father
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Critic Reviews for Climates (Iklimler) (The Climate)

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (27)

Under the guise of the universal theme of love and its mysteries, Ceylan offers a glimpse of harsh and unresolved local particulars.

Full Review… | November 3, 2014
New Yorker
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[Director Ceylan] has created a plaintive work of art in Climates, the story of a mature relationship edging from the stale doldrums of summer to a winter of discontent.

May 22, 2007
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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There is an undeniable beauty to some of [director] Ceylan's imagery, but as drama goes, this film is simply too inert for general audience tastes.

May 11, 2007
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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As much as I respect Climates, I can sympathize with viewers who will balk at the film's pretensions and glacial pacing.

Full Review… | March 23, 2007
Detroit Free Press
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One of the most perceptive and turbulent love stories in recent memory.

Full Review… | March 16, 2007
Seattle Times
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[The] main character spends an inordinate amount of time brooding and staring off into the distance, alternating with scenes of that character's girlfriend brooding and staring off into the distance.

Full Review… | March 9, 2007
Denver Post
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Audience Reviews for Climates (Iklimler) (The Climate)


Ceylan crafted this enthralling story of collapsing marriage with an enviable use of visuals and sounds, but the film is also too ambiguous thematically, leaving us unsure if it wanted perhaps to expose Turkish sexism or blame it on a presumed female weakness of attitude and character.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Artsy fartsy, Great premise & beautiful images are not enough to save this film from being vacuous, It lacks enough substance & depth, Not to mention that it follows the same old "men as assholes & women as sweet innocent human beings" cliche

Arash Xak
Arash Xak

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Painfully slow movie shot as a series of beautiful stills (you can tell the director is a photographer) about a dead-end relationship.

Ross Collins
Ross Collins

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