The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat agaci) (2019)


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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Sinan (Aydin Doğu Demirkol), an aspiring writer, returns home after university hoping to scrape together enough money to publish his first novel. He wanders the town encountering old flames and obstinate gatekeepers and finds his youthful ambition increasingly at odds with the deferred dreams of his gambling-addict father (Murat Cemcir). As his own fantasies mingle with reality, Sinan grapples with the people and the place that have made him who he is.


Dogu Demirkol
as Sinan Karasu
Murat Cemcir
as Idris Karasu
Bennu Yildirimlar
as Asuman Karasu
Serkan Keskin
as Suleyman
Tamer Levent
as Grandfather Recep
Öner Erkan
as Imam Nazmi
Akin Aksu
as Imam Veysel
Kadir Cermik
as Mayor Adnan
Özay Fecht
as Grandmother Hayriye
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All Critics (56) | Top Critics (12)

Cemcir's performance, suffused with a kind of wily, defiant grace, has an emotional depth that makes this movie's spirit not just heavy and somber, but also curiously forgiving.

Feb 7, 2019 | Full Review…

The unapologetic, sometimes heavy-handed literariness of "The Wild Pear Tree" is leavened by hints of grim comedy and sharp, if subtle, social criticism.

Jan 29, 2019 | Full Review…

[A]t its best, The Wild Pear Tree captures not just the feeling, but also the process of coming to terms with one's place in society-and that, if nothing else, requires patience.

Jan 28, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

You find yourself gradually engulfed, as if by rising waters...

Jan 25, 2019 | Full Review…

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…

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