Uzak (Distant)
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A drama set in Istanbul revolving around the relationship between a melancholic and obsessive middle-aged photographer named Mahmut and his cousin, Yusuf, an unemployed country boy who comes to Istanbul to find a job on a ship.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Deeply compassionate and frequently amusing, qualifying as a minor miracle of humanely observant filmmaking."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Ultimately, it becomes a movie about the feeling of being alive, the sensation of existence. It's a movie, in a way, about everything."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"The tale has a deceptive, emotional complexity that builds to a surprisingly heartrending impact."
‑ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide
"It's bleak, yes, but it's beautiful in equal measure."
‑ , E! Online
"Films that insist on long periods of nothingness need to earn those periods."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"A beautifully made, unapologetically artistic piece of work."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Straightforward, droll, brutally honest and arresting, if somewhat stately in progress."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"He'd love to mimic Antonioni and Ozu, but Ceylan still has much to learn about crafting quiet scenes"
‑ Christopher Null,
"For arthouse fans this should be a must - filled as it is with lingering shots, awkward silences and the growing weight of knowing that no character will end up smiling."
‑ Harry Guerin, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"The cumulative force of so many quiet, unforced little moments add up, and it wasn't until a good hour after I'd seen the film that it really took hold of me."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"The film's extraordinary shifts from windswept sorrow ... to deadpan comedy ... are uniquely, triumphantly their maker's own."
‑ Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly
"There is no simple sense of uplift in Distant. But there is an exhilaration to revealing the human condition, and Ceylan is ever on the lookout."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"A startlingly quiet film that is buoyed by a droll humor, splendid visuals and bittersweet reflections into the human condition."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Stuffed with unspoken thoughts and unspeakable feelings"
‑ James Christopher, Times [UK]
"Few recent films have been so accomplished in capturing the way people drift through their lives, unable to communicate their emotions and feelings."
‑ Tom Dawson,
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