The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat agaci) Reviews

April 10, 2019
"The Wild Pear Tree" wends its patient, intelligent way toward a rapprochement between the generations, an acceptance of the past and the land, and a weary wising-up of its central figure.
February 28, 2019
The progression of the conversations goes a long way in making Wild Pear Tree feel like an epic; the accumulation of ideas feels downright monumental.
February 21, 2019
I can't wait to see it again.
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.
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
[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...
December 4, 2018
It's a wealth of flowering expression on the intimate subject of loss.
November 28, 2018
Verbose. Riveting. Extraordinary.
November 25, 2018
An Eastern European version of The Graduate - if The Graduate were dour, without sex and three hours long.
November 23, 2018
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.
Top Critic
November 5, 2018
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.
November 5, 2018
Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan looks at his country through the prism of a grim coming-of-age tale stripped of lyricism and joy.
May 21, 2018
A philosophical journey through the mind of an aspiring artist trying to figure out who he is and where he belongs.
May 21, 2018
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 20, 2018
The achievement is masterful, though its diffusion will be limited.
May 20, 2018
It's an unhurried, elegiac address to the idea of childhood and your home town - and how returning to both has a bittersweet savour.