The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat agaci) Reviews

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February 21, 2019
I can't wait to see it again.
February 20, 2019
The film's narrative arc demands attentiveness. It's dense and talky, with a lot to absorb and almost no time to reflect. The deep meaning of the words blended with the pure, hyper-realistic filmmaking style of Ceylan, makes it a very rich experience.
February 13, 2019
The film is filled with conversation and I found the first and third hour to be most gripping.
February 9, 2019
There are no winners to be found, not even that regional author whose feet hurt from listening to Sinan. There is still something to be won, though: if not forgiveness, then the capacity to forgive.
February 7, 2019
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.
February 7, 2019
The Wild Pear Tree is rigorous and there's genuine depth to its central examination of fathers and sons, but the audience has to do a whole lot of work to meet it at its level.
February 3, 2019
A devastatingly political work, this is a quietly told film about father/son dynamics that uses sudden bursts of surrealism to become something quietly revolutionary.
January 30, 2019
I did not know that I loved The Wild Pear Tree until the final ten minutes of its three-hour plus run.
January 29, 2019
The unapologetic, sometimes heavy-handed literariness of "The Wild Pear Tree" is leavened by hints of grim comedy and sharp, if subtle, social criticism.
January 28, 2019
Nuri Bilge Ceylan's film takes a leisurely approach to narrative that's both intensely dialogical and transfixingly visual.
January 28, 2019
[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.
January 25, 2019
You find yourself gradually engulfed, as if by rising waters...
January 23, 2019
The film rewards patience, becoming layered and nuanced with insight into the state of modern Turkey. It's also a complex portrayal of a strained father-son relationship, and, when you least expect it, it's pretty funny.
January 2, 2019
The Wild Pear Tree is an extremely dense, rich, challenging, lengthy movie.
December 24, 2018
The Turkish auteur's new work is expansive in length, but in this instance it also has the spark of (contrarian) youth and a prickly sense of humour.
December 11, 2018
This is a quiet, often beautiful and powerful film that resonates with the viewer long after the credits roll.
December 10, 2018
The Wild Pear Tree is a humane masterpiece that slowly creeps up on you, beautifully made and magnificently acted.
December 5, 2018
In its absorbing to and fro of mood and dialogue, The Wild Pear Tree brilliantly conjures the moments when people at odds with each other can suddenly connect.
December 4, 2018
It's a wealth of flowering expression on the intimate subject of loss.
December 3, 2018
Despite its longueurs, it steadily acquires richness.
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