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The Wild Pear Tree

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Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s follow-up to his Palme d’Or-winning Winter Sleep is a persuasive portrait of a young writer at odds with his hometown and family.

Dir Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Prod Zeynep Özbatur Atakan
Scr Akın Aksu, Ebru Ceylan, Nuri Bilge Ceylan
With Aydın Doğu Demirkol, Murat Cemcir, Bennu Yıldırımlar
Turkey-France-Germany
2018
188min
UK Distribution New Wave Films
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After studies in Çannakale, Sinan finds Can provincial, especially since everyone seems to know his father is knee-deep in gambling debts. Dreading he’ll be sent to teach way out east following military service, Sinan seeks funds to publish a book of his essays and stories – but will anyone in Can recognise his talent? Ceylan’s discursive but consistently engrossing account of his opinionated but bemused protagonist’s fraught dealings with his parents and clumsy encounters with various locals constitutes another gently penetrating dissection of the flawed male psyche. Again, the wry tone is Chekhovian: detached yet compassionate, subtle but clear, quiet yet hugely expressive. With its vivid gallery of superbly played characters and exquisite tapestry of interwoven themes, this is Ceylan to the core.

Geoff Andrew

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