Sunday, February 12, 2012

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

The film gently starts with a group of men wandering around the beautiful rural countryside near an Anatolian town. The group consists of a few cops, a prosecutor, a doctor and a murderer.  The object of the wandering is to discover the whereabouts of a body that the murderer promises to show. Except the suspect is a bit confused about the exact location. Slowly the ebbs and tides of the case are revealed over the course of the night in the usual unhurried style of Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Very little is spelled out for the viewer as you are forced to pay attention to the subtle nuances in the tale. At the end you are left with a rich canvas to ponder over drinks with like minded viewers.

Rating: * * * +

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