Friday, June 15, 2012

Once upon a time in Anatolia

Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Starring: Yilmaz Erdogan, Firat Tanis, Taner Birsel, Ahmet Mumtaz Taylan, Muhammet Uzuner

Moody road trip come detective movie set in the Turkish Steppes. A murder of a local man has been committed and the body buried somewhere in the vast fields of the Anatolian countryside. The killers (Firat Tanis and Burham Yildiz) lead a convoy featuring a police chief (Yillmaz Erdogan), town doctor (Muhament Uzner) and prosecutor (Taner Birsel) to where the body is buried. Packed into three cars the group search field after field but to no avail and as the night draws on, tensions escalate, and individual stories slowly emerge from the weary small talk of the men. Nothing here is simple, and when the body is found, the real questions begin. Fabulous cinematography by Gokhan Tiryaki in this pot boiler. Long but worth the wait.

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