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Istanbul, not Constantinople ?
on 9 January 2006
"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.