The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat agaci)

2019

The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat agaci) (2019)

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Critic Consensus: The Wild Pear Tree uses a young man's post-graduation experience to pose thoughtful, engaging questions about life in modern Turkey -- and the rest of the world.

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For some, the countryside is a place of exile where all hopes ultimately merge with solitude. A boundless place of exile where all hopes and dreams merge with despair like the coinciding destinies of fathers and sons....

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Critic Reviews for The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat agaci)

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An Eastern European version of The Graduate - if The Graduate were dour, without sex and three hours long.

Nov 25, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The Wild Pear Tree brilliantly illuminates the gap in life between what is desired and what is achieved, but the metaphorical light seeps into the frame rather than fully exposing it.

Nov 23, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

In his 2014 Palme d'Or winner, Ceylan unpacked thorny issues of ethics and morality with a surgeon's steady patience; he employs a similar approach here, only the territory is much less fertile.

Nov 5, 2018 | Full Review…
TheWrap
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Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan looks at his country through the prism of a grim coming-of-age tale stripped of lyricism and joy.

Nov 5, 2018 | Full Review…

A philosophical journey through the mind of an aspiring artist trying to figure out who he is and where he belongs.

May 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Ceylan may not be a filmmaker who compromises his style, but with The Wild Pear Tree, he manages to inject familiar emotions into a movie that's all about wrestling creative ambitions into a relatable whole.

May 21, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
indieWire
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