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Uzak (Distant) [DVD] [2002]

Muzaffer ÷zdemir , Mehmet Emin Toprak , Nuri Bilge Ceylan    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Muzaffer ÷zdemir, Mehmet Emin Toprak
  • Directors: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  • Format: PAL, Colour, HiFi Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: Turkish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Sep 2004
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002LUAFC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,523 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Translated into English as 'Distant', this bleak and poignant drama directed by Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan reflects on the loneliness and neuroses of modern urban life. Mahmut (Muzaffer Özdemir) is a middle-aged photographer living and working in Istanbul, whose tidy habits and cool demeanour are tried when his young cousin Yusuf (Emin Toprak, who was tragically killed in a car crash shortly after the film was completed) comes to stay with him while he looks for work. Yusuf is a good-natured but insensitive country boy from a poor village background, while Mahmut is a modern professional who is on the verge of a mid-life crisis since his ex-wife's announcement that she is leaving for Canada with her new husband. The two men form an awkward relationship, which is reflected in their inability to communicate with others around them.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: Turkish ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN, SPECIAL FEATURES: Behind the scenes, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Filmographies, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Short Film, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Yusef (Mehmet Emin Toprak) leaves his small town and travels across barren snowy lands and roads to the port city of Istanbul to seek employment and stay with his cousin Mahmut (Muzaffer Ozdemir). Yusef spends many snowy days seeking work on a shipping line to discover that a hiring freeze is activated, but is bolstered by a sense of hope in the city which is a contrast to what he has known. Mahmut is a successful commercial photographer and his ordered life is disrupted by the presence of his cousin and this exacerbates his concern with his ex-wife Nazan (Zuhal Gencer Erkaya) who has remarried and is leaving to live in Canada with her new husband. When Mahmut leaves town on a photo shoot he hires Yusef to accompany him as an assistant which puts some money into Yusefs hands. Mahmut receives word that his mother is sick and he leaves again to tend to her leaving Yusef alone in the house, and returns to find that his cousin has not kept the house clean and neat which cause the two to argue. Yusef walks the streets sometimes following an attractive girl (Ebru Ceylan) he has seen but cannot find the opportunity to speak with her. Mahmut follows his ex-wife, Nazan, to the airport and watches as she and her new husband leave the country. Yusef and Mahmut each live in isolated world and makes decisions that bring about the subtlest of changes in their lives, changes that have great consequences. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Cannes Film Festival, European Film Awards, ...Distant ( Uzak ) ( Distante )

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Istanbul, not Constantinople ? 9 Jan 2006
By L. Davidson VINE VOICE
"Uzak" (Distant) is a fascinating exploration of the character of a divorced, middle-aged Istanbul photographer, Mahmut, and his relationship with his unemployed cousin, Yusuf, who comes to stay with him in his apartment overlooking the Bosphorus. Both of the cousins are in their own way distant, or disconnected, from the rest of society, full of apprehension about the future and of regret about the past. "Uzak" is clearly influenced by the films of Andrei Tarkovsky; it is very slow paced and haunting with nearly every image beautifully constructed and every sound perfectly sculpted. Like Tarkovsky's films, "Uzak" will not be to everyone's taste and I suspect many people would find this film merely to be a slow-moving ,dull story about two unwanted bored men lazing around a flat feeling sorry for themselves. However I found it to be a visually sumptuous insight into the human condition and modern life, tackling personal issues like divorce, belonging and loneliness and social issues like urbanisation, globalisation and deindustrialisation with great subtletly and deftness of touch. "Uzak" is a memorable film ;an excellent contribution by Turkey to World Cinema.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Visually stunning 2 Jun 2008
This film is one of the best I have ever seen - visually stunning, I wanted to look at every cm of every scene. The story is a study of the imperfections of human relationships, the complex reasons behind seeming selfishness. Totally absorbing, I have watched it several times now, find different levels in it each time.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ceylan's Masterpiece 5 April 2005
By A Customer
Very little seems to be happening in this film and there is very little dialogue, so at times it is difficult to know what is going on. The viewer has to work out a lot for her or himself. However, the acting is so brilliant and the camera work so riveting, that these factors do not matter. I found myself getting completely involved in the situation. The final scene when the camera focussed on Mahmut's face for, it seemed, several minutes,was very powerful.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece of Turkish cinema. 2 Dec 2004
By Paris
Uzak is a masterpiece of human realism. Influenced visually by Tarkovsky and thematically by Chekhov it explores the conflict between rural communalism and the comfortable individualism of city-life. The cinematography express a moving portrayal of Istanbul both beautiful and scarred while the acting is raw, realistic and powerful. The sound and soundtrack accompany the film smoothly. Overall Uzak creates a hushed reflection of relationships and humanity in a realistic portrayal of twenty-first century life in Istanbul.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ships and Snow 5 Aug 2009
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This is one of the most beautiful films i've ever seen and one of the most moving too.

On the one hand there is the breathtaking cinematography - for example the scene in which Yusuf runs along the quayside in the snow and passes a ship leaning crookedly towards the shore.

On the other there is the understated dialogue, the way in which so much is said through faces and through absences.

The storyline is quietly compelling and the underlying issues are (i hate this word) relevant: migration, urbanisation, modernisation, globalisation... all the "ations" you can eat.

A classic.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 30 Aug 2008
One of the best films to have been released in recent years and an excellent insight into post 1999 earthquake Turkey.

You will have to watch the film at least twice (I did) The first time you watch it you will be thinking "This film is awful" "The sound quality is terrible" "The acting is awful" It is only when you watch it for a second time that you start to appreciate it.

For a start the character Mahmut was not chosen because of his acting ability he was chosen due to his facial expressions and how well he fitted the character, the quality of sound reflects the realism of the film there is no background music (apart from those coming from chimes blown by the wind) There is a lack of light in the apartment again, to add to the realism of the film.

Turkey was going through a tough time when this film was made, the economic crisis made thousands jobless and those already without jobs even more desperate, everyone was looking for work and using whatever connections they had to find employment.

This film is no east V west or modern V traditional but rather the life of 2 ordinary Turks on screen. On the one hand we have Mahmut, from rural Turkey (as most of the population is) who had came to Istanbul many years before, made it good largely through his own hard work and made a decent life for himself. Sadly, his personal life has not been so fortunate. Divorced from his wife in spite of his numerous friends he is a lonely character seemingly finding solace in prostitutes and alcohol.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars action addicts 8 Sep 2007
May I remind those reviewers below who found the film too slow and boring for its lack of action, that there is a constant supply of action movies coming off the Hollywood production line to keep you entertained for life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Finding oneself 6 May 2014
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Nuri Bilge Ceylan is better known for Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, which (to be fair) is a more compelling film. But there's no doubting his poise and skill as a director in this earlier work. A young man strives to break with his rural roots and find work in the city. His older cousin feels obligated to help in various ways. Ceylan is wonderfully artful at pointing out the weaknesses in the cousin's lifstyle and in charting the emotional voyage of the younger man. Many viewers who have found the world of work deeply discouraging will feel sympathy for many scenes.
I found myself very happily absorbed here. This makes a fine film and an excellent introduction to Ceylan.
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1.0 out of 5 stars NO CASE
This film didn't even arrive with a case.
The film is interesting, but god its slow, and nothing really happens. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Felix McCabe
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull (sorry)
I love Turkey, I love her history and I work hard at understanding her position and culture today. I bought this film after reading its reviews but - I am sorry - while I think I... Read more
Published on 2 July 2011 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Just too miserable for me
I love foreign films and don't mind a slow film but this was just two pretty dour characters doing almost nothing. Read more
Published on 18 Feb 2011 by Mr. Jonathan Cullum
4.0 out of 5 stars Uncomfortably Beautiful Viewing
First of all I want to say a word about the classification on this DVD, which is absurdly stated as 18. Read more
Published on 31 July 2009 by Simon A. Woodhart
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece
The understated sensibility of Chekov, the visual acuity of Bergman. A wonderful piece of cinema and without doubt a masterpiece.
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