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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.
Hauntingly beautiful, Distant communicates volumes with its almost pervasive silence.
Deeply compassionate and frequently amusing, qualifying as a minor miracle of humanely observant filmmaking.
Ultimately, it becomes a movie about the feeling of being alive, the sensation of existence. It's a movie, in a way, about everything.
The tale has a deceptive, emotional complexity that builds to a surprisingly heartrending impact.
A beautifully made, unapologetically artistic piece of work.
Straightforward, droll, brutally honest and arresting, if somewhat stately in progress.
He'd love to mimic Antonioni and Ozu, but Ceylan still has much to learn about crafting quiet scenes
The film's extraordinary shifts from windswept sorrow ... to deadpan comedy ... are uniquely, triumphantly their maker's own.
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.
A startlingly quiet film that is buoyed by a droll humor, splendid visuals and bittersweet reflections into the human condition.
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