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The Early Works: Kasaba / Clouds of May (DVD) [2007]

Nuri Bilge Ceylan    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD

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  • Directors: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: Turkish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye Film Company Ltd.
  • DVD Release Date: 28 May 2007
  • Run Time: 215 minutes
  • ASIN: B0007P8L2C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,077 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Double-bill of Turkish dramas, directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan. 'Kasaba' (1998) follows the fortunes of a family living in an isolated Turkish town; as the seasons change, the young children find themselves growing into their roles in the community. 'Clouds of May' (2000) is a comedy drama about a film-maker (Muzaffer Ozdemir) returning from cosmopolitan Istanbul to his isolated hometown in order to make a film about his family. As he struggles to maintain his family's interest in his project, his father negotiates a deal to buy more land, while his best friend's nephew undertakes a bet to keep an egg unbroken in his pocket for 40 days.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 20 July 2009
By Gogol - Published on
I have to say having considered Uzak one of the best films I have ever seen and being equally impressed with "Climates" (As painful to watch as it was) I was greatly disappointed with this film.

There are 2 stories to this film and 2 CD's. The first one is almost a prequel to the film Uzak concerning the small town which Mahmut originally came from. The problem with this film is its far too concerned with flowery dialogue and not so with character. The director seems to have to an extent lost his way and forgotten that what made Uzak such a masterpiece is that he minimized such flowery dialogue (All too common with Turkish films) and allowed the characters to speak for themselves so you had one scene where the family were in the country together having a BBQ which lasted for most of the film. Lots of boring chat about going to America, the 1st World War (Got a bit confused with this one to be honest, just how old was the director suggesting grandad was???) and general life in the small town. The big problem was they were a middle class land owning town dwelling family sitting around moaning, there was little to either sympathise or even be interested in.

The second part is Yusuf going back to the small town doing a bit of film directing while he is there (And giving Mahmut a bit of part time work in the process) Again this becomes laborious to watch and frankly in a short space of time you just loose interest.

All in all I was very disappointed with this film, maybe I just looked forward to it too much and was expecting too much from it.
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