Climates (Iklimler) (The Climate)
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Climates (Iklimler) (The Climate)
The seasons mark the stages in the collapse of a marriage in this drama from Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Isa (Nuri Bilge Ceylan) is a college professor with a younger girlfriend, Bahar (Ebru Ceylan), who works as an art director for television. Isa and Bahar have been together and seemingly happy for years, but as they vacation with friends in the seaside community of Kas, it becomes obvious the two are drifting apart, and one evening over dinner their tensions come out into the open; Bahar calls an end to their relationship as she heads home for Istanbul without her Isa. As fall sets… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

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"[Director Ceylan] has created a plaintive work of art in Climates, the story of a mature relationship edging from the stale doldrums of summer to a winter of discontent."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"One of the most perceptive and turbulent love stories in recent memory."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"I will not soon forget Ceylan's cinematic haikus"
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"Climates is filled with gorgeous, poetic images that ask us to engage with the movie and try to figure out if there's more to it than meets the eye."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"A slow, deliberate and often achingly beautiful film about how we often keep at arm's length that which we most love."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"There is an undeniable beauty to some of [director] Ceylan's imagery, but as drama goes, this film is simply too inert for general audience tastes."
‑ Hap Erstein, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"[The] main character spends an inordinate amount of time brooding and staring off into the distance, alternating with scenes of that character's girlfriend brooding and staring off into the distance."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"Sizzles when it explores the fragile nature of relationships and the difficulty of connecting with the opposite sex."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Climates is no nature documentary, but it does use heat waves and cold snaps as a metaphor for a relationship's tempestuous extremes."
‑ Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"The pitch-perfect direction and the crisp but lonely images create an uncomfortable and awkward intimacy..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"As much as I respect Climates, I can sympathize with viewers who will balk at the film's pretensions and glacial pacing."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"The husband learns nothing, and his monstrous behavior makes the movie relentlessly downbeat."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"A masterpiece of craftsmanship that fails completely on the thematic front."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Climates is pretty strong in its performances, but the rather luxurious -- some would say too-slow -- pacing may prove to be off-putting."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"A stunning film to look at, and to listen to."
‑ Jim Emerson,
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