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also known as Iklimler

Climates2006

  • 3.9
Winner of the prestigious Fipresci Award at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, CLIMATES is internationally acclaimed writer-director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s sublime follow-up to his Cannes multi-award winner DISTANT. Beautifully drawn and meticulously observed, the film vividly recalls the cinema of Italian master Michelangelo Antonioni with its poetic use of landscape and the incisive, exquisitely visual rendering of loneliness, loss and the often-elusive nature of happiness. During a sweltering summer vacation on the Aegean coast, the relationship between middle-aged professor Isa (played by Ceylan himself) and his younger, television producer girlfriend Bahar (the luminous Ebru Ceylan, Ceylan’s real-life wife) brutally implodes. Back in Istanbul, Isa rekindles a torrid affair with a previous lover. But when he learns that Bahar has left the city for a job in the snowy East, he follows her there to win her back. Boasting subtly powerful performances, heart-stoppingly stunning cinematography (Ceylan’s first work in high definition) and densely textured sound design, CLIMATES is the Turkish filmmaker’s most gorgeous rumination yet on the fragility and complexity of human relationships.

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"A terrific movie in the Antonioni tradition..." - J. Hoberman


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The current fandor reviews for this phenomenal work are misleading. Ceylan is one of the great contemporary filmmakers. The narrative is fleeting, a a perfect mirror for the film's subject matter. The two primary actors, Nuri and his real world wife, are exceptionally natural and convincing in the role of dysfunctional lovers. As as is always the case with this director's films, it was visually impressive and appropriate. Climates is a rich capsule of emotional truth and unbiased testimony to the volatility which exists in our affections.

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The current fandor reviews for this phenomenal work are misleading. Ceylan is one of the great contemporary filmmakers. The narrative is fleeting, a a perfect mirror for the film's subject matter. The two primary actors, Nuri and his real world wife, are exceptionally natural and convincing in the role of dysfunctional lovers. As as is always the case with this director's films, it was visually impressive and appropriate. Climates is a rich capsule of emotional truth and unbiased testimony to the volatility which exists in our affections.

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Brilliantly directed, artful cinematography, subtle, cinematic storytelling at it's best.

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stupid turkish movie

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inspiring film.

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Losing love in the warm climate, approaching love in the snowy cold: that's the radical division in "Climates," country and city was in "Once upon a Time in Anatolia." Yes, as filip_kojic writes, "Climates" is a fine film, apt to be underrated because it is slow, "lento," as in music, and subtle in attending to evanescent moments that the movie extends by lingering on and over in delicate and, in at least one violent sequence, studied observation. Nuri Bilge Ceylan establishes himself, again, as a prominent stylist whose manner of paying attention to human emotion and behavior attains an attitude near devotion.

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Climates, a beautifully told story by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, is about a mans love for a younger woman, their relationship, and the trials and tribulations they go through, as they both learn just how deep their love runs. The third main star of this film is Turkey itself, the film beautifully depicts Turkey's vast landscapes, and the various climate changes, particularly snow and rain. The use of snow is a cinematic feast for the viewer, capturing some beautiful landscapes, while the snow blankets the terrain. This use of weather creates a mood, and feel for this film which are a s vital to the film as is the storyline. A wonderful film about love, relationships, and Turkey itself.

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really well done_beautiful cinematography throughout_couldn't stand Isa from the start_he just seems like a selfish creep to me

A subtle and powerful work.

quiet and intense

Ceylan creates a quiet tension from the get-go, and then gradually and devastatingly intensifies it.

Perfect.

This film could have also have been titled 'Distant' and that style was just as effective here in portraying the alienation and isolation of a couple in the midst of a relationship breakdown

Nope Distant is another film made by Ceylan

Great movie! Here is a review from NYTimes: http://movies.nytimes.com/2006/10/27/movies/27clim.html?_r=0

Most of the cinematography was great. The story it told was tragic, but parts were drawn out so it disconnected you somewhat. This guy put this girl through mental abuse, so I felt for her. Overall, i would give it 2 out of 5 stars.