Once Upon a Time in Anatolia Reviews

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May 4, 2012
The pace is sometimes grindingly slow, and at more than two-and-a-half hours, Ceylan's exploration of its characters' shifting views on the truth can become wearying.
April 9, 2012
...as if a lush landscape painting is being invaded by the cinema.
April 5, 2012
A police procedural as existential inquiry, set in a remote dreamscape of mystery and foreboding.
April 5, 2012
With its wide-open setting and taciturn, macho characters, it's a film that earns the right to use the "Once Upon a Time" title that Sergio Leone made so perversely famous.
March 19, 2012
The denouement offers a satisfactory conclusion to a drama that, in its scope, rigour and discipline, confirms Ceylan as a contemporary master.
March 19, 2012
Ceylan doesn't offer much in the way of resolution, but his oblique approach does cumulatively imply much about ripple effect the crime has on all those who come into contact with it.
March 18, 2012
Nuri Bilge Ceylan's latest film, a thriller as challenging as Antonioni's Blow-Up, is his finest work to date.
March 16, 2012
March 16, 2012
This is the best controlled film of this major director - even one of the best films of the past year.
March 16, 2012
The climactic hour is a deflating slog that fails to build upon what went before.
March 16, 2012
Ceylan has planted the murder genre in a new and reflective spot.
March 15, 2012
A subtitled film full of mystery and dark tension.
March 15, 2012
The performances are as impeccable as Gokhan Tiryaki's cinematography, but it's Ceylan's mastery of composition and pacing that makes this so visually striking and dramatically compelling.
March 15, 2012
Intrigues almost more in retrospect than it does when you're watching it, as enigmas and emotions around the case are teased out, and the oblique power of a remarkable ending sneaks up and stuns you.
March 15, 2012
If you're in a hurry, don't go near this film. If you're not in a hurry, don't go anywhere else. It could change your life.
March 15, 2012
Ceylan displays pure, exhilarating mastery in this film: it is made with such confidence and flair.
March 15, 2012
Ceylan has forged a new template for the police procedural.
March 15, 2012
Ceylan dramatises how his characters - and we along with them - are never really seeing the full picture but rather merely glimpsing fragments of narrative through the shifting moonlight, village blackouts and lightning flashes.
March 14, 2012
Beautifully shot and superbly directed, this is a haunting, contemplative Turkish drama that transcends its lengthy running time thanks to strong performances, a thought-provoking script and some stunning visuals.
March 14, 2012
Ceylan's visual style is less heightened, more down-to-earth than the more stylised 'Three Monkeys', but still some of the night-time scenes look like careful paintings, such is the precision of their lighting and composition.
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