Once Upon a Time in Anatolia Blu-ray
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Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Produced in 2011
Main Language - Turkish with English subtitles
Ercan Kesal, Taner Birsel, Ahmet Mumtaz Taylan, Muhammet Uzuner, Yilmaz Erdogan, Firat Tanis
Grand Prix winner at Cannes in 2011, this brilliantly filmed anti-crime drama takes us through a long night of searching that touches the mysterious essence of cinema, writes Mike McCahill.
Police procedurals are very much in vogue, but the Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s latest – a notable critical and commercial smash earlier this year – reinvents the form from the inside out. The title and running time of Once Upon a Time in Anatolia establish certain expectations: of something epic, ruminative, serious-minded. These it certainly is, yet this philosophic procedural also proves disarmingly funny, in a way you perhaps wouldn’t expect from the filmmaker behind the solemn Uzak and Climates: sitting close to its centre is a droll joke about habeas corpus, or the absence thereof.
We’ve been dispatched on a dusk-till-dawn drive through the remote Anatolian countryside alongside several individuals caught up in a murder investigation. This investigation, like the film, is going nowhere fast. No-one can find the body for starters. One recurring hitch is that – for all Ceylan’s unrivalled expertise at photographing landscapes – in the dark, one hillock looks much the same as another. Matters turn farcical. Several coppers wet their socks in streams; names are repeatedly mispronounced.
The mute permanence of the countryside contrasts with the triviality of the chat, the life-and-death importance of the assignment with the essential cluelessness of those undertaking it. As the cortege progresses, topographic twists and turns come to be matched by those in the stories told by the variously lined, wistful or shattered men. Even here, the film makes appreciable distinctions: between the cops’ brute-force incompetence, the suspect’s silence, the medical examiner’s calm rationality, and the prosecutor’s openness to the uncanny.
These players draw us into not just a complete universe, but its specific time scheme: we’re left feeling as though we’ve also been up all night, witnessing something of what it is to be at the mercy of others. Ceylan has been promising much for several years now, but here he’s surpassed himself. In this extraordinary autopsy of the human condition, even the mid-film drinks break – a pause at a rural encampment, where the chief’s beautiful daughter brings these journeymen light and succour – is mysterious, somehow profound, and the very essence of cinema.
Mike McCahill on 18th June 2012
Author of 215 reviews
Grand Prix winner at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia is a masterful, beautifully photographed crime drama – or anti-crime drama perhaps, as motives are missing. This is instead a film about a search for a body – and men facing the truth of themselves through a long night of not finding it – in the Anatolian steppes.
Police officers, the state prosecutor, a medical examiner and their accomplices join their two prisoners on a trawl through a long night in which they search for a corpse's burying place. As they travel unsuccessfully from one location to another, and rest for the night at the home of a village elder whose beautiful daughter inspires silent reverie, the various back-stories of the characters' lives are subtly revealed.
Publisher: New Wave Films
Length: 157 mins
Cat No: NWB038
Format: Blu-ray Colour
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“One of the best”
by David Gregg on 7th November 2012
It is rare that you are dragged into a film, ( and I mean dragged ) where everything you see and hear contradicts, and that you see far more than you ever hear. Or you... Read on
It is rare that you are dragged into a film, ( and I mean dragged ) where everything you see and hear contradicts, and that you see far more than you ever hear. Or you understand far more than you hear.
This could have been a silent film, except you need the words to counterbalance the vision. and the two join in a most unexpected way.
The opening sequence inside the petrol station returns time and again, even though it is never mentioned.
The looks that are exchanged linger and tell you more than any plot deployment in the words could ever imply.
I love silent film and documentaries where inane dialogue is removed
film is about vision, and rarely has a film delivered like this.
Excellent, one of the best Hide
“This is the best”
by David Gregg on 23rd November 2012
I have re-watched this film for a 3rd time. And other than Singing in the Rain and Wizard of Oz and Battleship Potemkin that is a rare visit. And yet, I want to watch... Read on
I have re-watched this film for a 3rd time. And other than Singing in the Rain and Wizard of Oz and Battleship Potemkin that is a rare visit. And yet, I want to watch it again. The plot is simple, the story of no real merit, and yet and yet, the images and vision pulls you in. At first I suggested this is one of the best, I now think this is the best. I watched on blue ray, ( very new to this ) and this is a grand advertisement for blue ray. I fear disappointment awaits me, but never have I seen such a splendor. And watching Star Wars with my Grandchildren is no comparison.
This is not one of the best, this is the best. Hide
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