|Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011) - By Nuri Bilge Ceylan|
Our Rating: 9.0
IMDb Ratings: 7.7
Genre: Crime | Drama
Cast: Muhammet Uzuner, Yilmaz Erdogan, Taner Birsel
Country: Turkey | Bosnia and Herzegovina
Runtime: 150 min
Summary: In the rural area around the Anatolian town of Keskin, the local prosecutor, police commissioner, and doctor lead a search for a victim of a murder to whom a suspect named Kenan and his mentally challenged brother confessed. However, the search is proving more difficult than expected as Kenan is fuzzy as to the body's exact location. As the group continues looking, its members can't help but chat among themselves about both trivia and their deepest concerns in an investigation that is proving more trying than any of them expected.
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia is an award winning motion picture directed by Turkish movie maker Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Essentially a police procedural, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia also serves to highlight the complexities associated with the human psyche. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia serves to be a case study on how humans behave, especially when made to step out of the comfort zone. The world of cinema today finds itself at the crossroads. In a bid to satiate the ever growing demands of the money mongering business moguls the creative aspects of cinema are often forced to take a back seat. The commercialization is not new to cinema, and is something that cannot be done away with. After all, everyone has the right to eke out a living. However, what is worrying is that the business sharks that rule the movie arena merely treat cinema as a money making instrument. This naked opportunism is not only undermining the efforts of the great visionaries of cinema like D. W. Griffith, Cecil B. DeMille, Yasujiro Ozu, Dadasaheb Phalke, Sergei Eisenstein, Charles Chaplin, and Fritz Lang, who had nurtured cinema with their blood and sweat, but is also posing a great threat to its evolution as an art form.
|Nuri Bilge Ceylan at Cannes Film Festival|
|A Still from Ceylan's Three Monkeys|
|A Still from Leone's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly|
|A Still from Once Upon a Time in Anatolia|
|The Enchanting Anatolian Vistas in the Night|
|Once Upon a Time in Anatolia: An Angel in the Dark|
Overall, Once Upon a Time in
Anatolia is a fine specimen of movie-making that elevates contemporary cinema to new heights, both as an art form as well as a medium of entertainment. The movie’s multilayered plot and complex characters make second and probably a third viewing absolutely essential for a deeper and clearer understanding.
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