Release Date: October 27th, 2006 (Film Forum) by Zeitgeist Films.
The Cast: Ebru Ceylan, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Nazan Kesal, Mehmet Eryilmaz, Arif Asçi, Can Özbatur, Ufuk Bayraktar, Fatma Ceylan, M. Emin Ceylan, Semra Yilmaz, Ceren Olcay, Abdullah Demirkubuz, Feridun Koç, Zafer Saka.
Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan.
In Turkish with subtitles.
BASIC PREMISE: The relationship between Isa (Nuri Bilge Ceylan) and his younger wife, Bahar (Ebru Ceylan) gradually deteriorates.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Climates has a minimal plot, yet still manages to be oddly engaging thanks, in part, to a very organic screenplay. The film begins just as Isa and Bahar’s marriage crumbles at a cataclysmic scene while they vacation on beach in southern Turkey during a hot summer. Bahar simply doesn’t want to be with Isa anymore since their romantic chemistry has waned. Their roughly 10-year age gap doesn’t help, either. She explicitly states that to him face to face and, immediately after their vacation, she departs to Istanbul alone. Months later, during autumn, Isa meets up with his old girlfriend, Serap (Kesal), and, in a somewhat humorous and bizarre scene, they both engage in rough foreplay which, believe it or not, includes nuts—the edible kind. Isa still pines for Bahar and soon asks Serap where he could find her. During a snowy winter, he locates her small town in eastern Turkey and tries his best to win her over by teller her that he has changed. Just like in his last film, Distance writer/director Nuri Bilge Ceylan uses visuals as a medium to communicate character development and plot development rather than relying on dialogue. Although the plot has no real surprises, at least not a single scene feels contrived or over-the-top. Many scenes move at a slow pace, but the richly textured scenery and exquisite cinematography, along with convincing performances from the leads, help to keep you engrossed.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: Climates highlights some seemingly simple yet complex relationship issues such as lack of chemistry, unrequited love, and the incapability of letting go to one’s past. The very poignant ending shows that Nuri Bilge Ceylan has learned a great deal about romantic relationships throughout his life.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 0
IN A NUTSHELL: Smart, poignant and engrossing with exquisite cinematography.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1st Run)
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