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Winter Sleep (2014)

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Critic Consensus: Epic in length, thrilling to behold, and utterly absorbing, Winter Sleep demands -- and rewards -- viewers' patient attention.

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Aydin, a former actor, runs a small hotel in central Anatolia with his young wife Nihal with whom he has a stormy relationship and his sister Necla who is suffering from her recent divorce. In winter as the snow begins to fall, the hotel turns into a shelter but also an inescapable place that fuels their animosities... (C) Adopt Films

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All Critics (75) | Top Critics (20)

Such miserable people; why should we care? Maybe because Ceylan does.

Full Review… | May 21, 2015
Boston Globe
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The easy gag about the 196-minute "Winter Sleep" is that it's so good it makes 3  1/2 hours feel like two, but that's no joke.

Full Review… | January 29, 2015
Washington Post
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These scenes are talky, yes, but what talk!

Full Review… | January 23, 2015
Christian Science Monitor
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"Winter" feels very much like an epic novel, mirroring the pacing and themes of Chekov, whose work was its inspiration.

Full Review… | January 22, 2015
Los Angeles Times
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Think of it as dramatic slow-cooking where the ingredients take their time to come together.

Full Review… | January 9, 2015
Globe and Mail
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Ceylan spins gold in thought and image, set to the mournful strains of Schubert's Piano Sonata No. 20, with this impeccably acted morality tale of a wealthy man who sins by omission.

Full Review… | January 8, 2015
Toronto Star
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½

Good movie, but way too long. The movie felt like it was just a bunch of philosophical arguments on repeat for 3 hours. The ending also made me uncomfortable. It seemed like the villain got their way and it was not a happy ending. But, the writing, direction, and acting was great.

Dorianator Fournier
Dorianator Fournier

With amazing subject matter and themes beautifully explored, superb approach with a lot of clever discussions, all around terrific performances and amazing character development, Winter Sleep is a bit too long and it can be too difficult and bitter to bear, but it is mostly a very good and important movie which perfectly explores the troublesome relationships between poor and rich people bringing the necessary emotional intensity, superb acting as well as fantastic dialogue and a couple of truly powerful sequences that stick with you long after you've seen the movie.

David Lazovic
David Lazovic
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In "Winter Sleep," Aydin(Haluk Bilginer), a landlord and innkeeper in a remote area of Anatolia, tours his properties with his assistant Hidayet(Ayberk Pekcan), all the while complaining about the rents not being paid on time. Almost in response to that, a stone is thrown at their car which breaks a window but causes no injuries. As angry as they are, it is not lessened by Ilyas(Emirhan Doruktutan), the culprit, being a child. But that is nothing compared to how Ilyas' father Ismail(Nejat Isler) reacts while his brother Hamdi(Serhat Kilic), a local imam, tries to calm him down. That incident, as important as it to "Winter Sleep," is also only a part of the greater malaise that the characters suffer under. Set in a semi-feudal area like this where changes are slow to happen with intermittent signs of progress like the internet and the rare tourist, the pace of both daily life and the movie that reflects it is deliberate to say the least, gradually and carefully exploring the characters' relationships and histories throughout. Aydin is central to all of it, of course, but has little power to act, as while also keeping things as they always were, he remains an actor in a role, now in the drama his father started and cast him in.

Walter M.
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