WINTER SLEEP (2014)
A film by Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Cast: Haluk Bilginer, Melisa Sözen, Demet Akbag
This film won for best foreign film for best picture and now know why. It is excellent film but I have to warn you it is 3 hours and 16 minutes long and it is not for the one who loves movie that moves and has an explosion there and there with a few car chase, having said that here it goes. Set in Cappadochia, central Anatolia, Winter sleep (Kis uykusu) focuses on the life of Aydin (Haluk Bilginer) a retired actor who now runs the Hotel Othello. Married to Nihal (Melisa Sozen), twice his age, he enjoys a prosperous life, with income derived from rents and other businesses. It is winter and you see the life of those people in everyday situation even the fight that they have by just a conversation. To sums it up they talk a lot and say very little. Aydin proclaim the love for Nihal but as the film goes on the less we believe him. It start by a kid who through a rock at the window of a SUV, the driver goes after him and brings him home trying to tell his father who is the drunk of the village why his son did that? Of course it almost ends up like I said by talking a lot and saying very little followed near a fight. Aydin is arrogant extremely rich has a wife who does not love him anymore and a sister who dispose him. Although Aydin thinks his sister is a lazy as they come and a pain in the ass. Well that is a happy family if you ever saw one and who says that money does not bring happiness? Anyway the director shot this with very little close up and hardly not cutting too many scene. There will be moment of silence from time to time you’ll see the actor sits there and thinks to me it is like in real life when you sits with a bunch of friends and suddenly no one is saying anything. Each take is done right on the money. And the cinematography is great. This film could of been done as a mini series of 6 episodes.