Thursday, July 5, 2012
ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2011)
Having to sit through the previews of idiotic Chinese romance pictures and corny American indie things only made watching this piece of stellar film-making all the sweeter. So good to have a new film I can get behind all the way, seems like it's been a long time. There's a noticeable absence of bullshit here. It's a film about a murder, but there's no action to speak of. It's about a convoy of men in the mountains of turkey searching for a body. It's shot beautifully, the characters are all interesting and believable and nuanced, and the way the night slowly turns to cold daylight to the next sleepless afternoon is executed so well you really feel as if you've been up all night with these men. It's quite long and takes something of an emotional toll on you (it did on me anyway), but i can't recommend enough taking the time to see this at the cinema. As Herb Morrison said, "OH, THE HUMANITY!"