Uzak (Distant)
Uzak (Distant) (2004)

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.

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 12, 2004
DVD Release Date: March 22, 2005
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Hauntingly beautiful, Distant communicates volumes with its almost pervasive silence.

Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

Deeply compassionate and frequently amusing, qualifying as a minor miracle of humanely observant filmmaking.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Ultimately, it becomes a movie about the feeling of being alive, the sensation of existence. It's a movie, in a way, about everything.

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Antonia Quirke
London Evening Standard

There is plenty to admire here, but the movie is a gaunt affair, with something ruinously washed-out about it.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

A beautifully made, unapologetically artistic piece of work.

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

Straightforward, droll, brutally honest and arresting, if somewhat stately in progress.

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Josh Ralske
All Movie Guide

The tale has a deceptive, emotional complexity that builds to a surprisingly heartrending impact.

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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly

The film's extraordinary shifts from windswept sorrow ... to deadpan comedy ... are uniquely, triumphantly their maker's own.

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Michael Booth
Denver Post

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.

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Christopher Null

He'd love to mimic Antonioni and Ozu, but Ceylan still has much to learn about crafting quiet scenes

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
a great portrait of urban alienation and destruction of the family. with wonderful photography
Lesley N
A film about isolation. Not much happens and not much is said, but it's still an absorbing watch.
Pierluigi Puccini
I guess I rather watch slices of cake than slices of life. Hitchcock was always right. Why is that some filmmakers think they are giving us profound, meaningful… More
Daniel Parsons
This film really frustrated me. <I>Uzak</I> is well acted and undeniably beautifully photographed, and has some very cleverly thought out shots and… More
John Ballantine
An interesting if not totally fulfilling introduction to Turkish cinema.
Daisy Maduro
Turkish movie Uzak (Distant) was a very slow and simple story about two relatives, a young man Yusuf that came from a village and arrived in Istanbul to stay… More