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VINE VOICEon 22 July 2007
"Climates" is a worthy follow up to the memorable "Uzak" by Turkish director and actor Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Ceylan plays the leading role in "Climates" alongside his real life wife Ebru Ceylan. They play an Istanbul couple whose relationship is slowly breaking up and this drama unfolds over three seasons each with very different climates, hence the title of the film. "Climates" starts off in the summer by the Turkish coast, moves to a rainy Istanbul before concluding in blizzard like conditions in a wintery rural location. The film is slow moving and is full of poignant scenes as it follows the life of Nuri Bilge Ceylan's character over the course of the break up ; from wanting rid of his girlfriend, to discovering the loneliness of the single life to trying to win her back again.The film is mesmerising at times and it is gripping throughout. The acting and direction of "Climates" is excellent as well. This film makes for a refreshing antidote to the deluge of dumbed down Hollywood trash that is on offer in the cinemas at the moment. It is an intelligent, well observed film from a talented director.
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VINE VOICEon 10 November 2008
Yeah, this film can divide opinion. On one hand it can be very long, slow and boring whilst on the other it can be seen as a very stylish and intelligent film. I'll settle for the middle ground. Yes, it can drag in places but the film does portay a failing relationship quite well. They have liitle to talk about to one another nor do they have similar interests and this is established in the first 30 mins. They are just incompatible thus break up. The female character takes a back seat untill the final 20 mins so we are left with a rather stagnent piece of the film which drags and can become uncomfortable for some. They finally come together in eastern Turkey whilst she is filming a show in the mountainous, snowy regions. Do they get back together? You'll just have to watch and find out! The artistic and cinematic aspects of the film should be applauded as they are beautiful with the natural environments being used with some spectacular results. Another bonus is the way in which the distance between the couple is apparent especially in the physical sense such as the scene on the beach. Beautifully shot in places but some may find this a long process.
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on 1 May 2007
Climates is a gorgeous film, following a couple as their relationship breaks down. The story is told with little dialogue, relying instead on slow, intimate portraits of the characters' faces and behaviour, allowing you to read the thoughts and feelings with incredible grace. The climate of Turkey highlights the feelings of the characters, and it's a wonderfully observed film about people and how they cope with breaking up.
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on 5 March 2013
A dull movie by one of the most overpraised film directors of our time. Besides this one I've seen his "Uzak", "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia" and "Three Monkeys" and only the last one was really worth watching.If you want to see one good N.B.Ceylan movie, take "Three Monkeys".
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on 13 August 2013
There's a certain poetry to Ceylan's film, 'Climates', to be found in the way that the film lingers meditatively on landscapes, weather conditions and individuals; with the former functioning as an extended metaphor for a dying relationship.

The film opens in the summer in a small Turkish resort on the Mediterranean and depicts underlying tensions in the relationship between its protagonists, Isa, (played by Ceylan himself), and his girlfriend Bahar, (played by Ceylan's wife, Ebru). Initially, the problems seem to be with the moody Bahar whose sullen nature casts a damper on the holiday, but as the sparse narrative unfolds we learn that Isa has had a past indiscretion with a woman called Serap and this has coloured their relationship. The holiday ends prematurely with the pair deciding to go their separate ways and we move through autumn - when Isa re-kindles the shallow relationship that he had with Serap which was based on sex - to winter - where he travels to eastern Turkey in the hope of finding genuine satisfaction by being with Bahar again.

The film centres on whether a reconciliation is possible and there is an element of dramatic tension in the uncertainties on both sides. A weakness in the narrative, however, lies in its ending which appears to be at odds with the conduct of the characters in the latter stages of the film. The resolution, when it comes, seems unsatisfying, and, as the credits roll, one cannot help thinking: 'Is that it?'
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on 23 July 2009
I cannot recommend this film highly enough.
Extraordinarily beautiful photography compliment a story told at a pace which allows the viewer to absorb the rich details. There is an intense effort to capture the elusive quality of realizations which are being sensed in a confused present. Very often we see dramas where relationships are being tested with elevated intensities - the struggle to change or remain unchanged. It's less common to see characters struggle quietly with a dawning awareness that there is a bankruptcy in their affection.

A couple, Bahar and her older partner Isa while on vacation in a coastal town in Turkey, face the subtle, though painful dissolution of their relationship. At the core of the story is the inability to function in a union either from one's own emotional atrophy, or because one has outgrown the relationship, but can't see it yet. The actors play this out with great sympathy avoiding simple answers. Little happens in terms of action, but both characters move forward definitively with their lives, their key choices often outpacing their awareness.

Of note is a small performance by Nazan Kirilmis who plays Serap, one of Isa's former lovers back in Istanbul. While her presence in the film is brief, it's terrific casting, sharpening the film's quiet tone and adding a small flash of fire to the story. Not only does this aid in the films dynamic structure, it helps to clarify Isa's ambivalence, grounding Bahar's pain in real terms. The performances by the two lead actors are also remarkable since they are played by the filmmaker and his wife.

I've watched the film several times, marveling at the storytelling economy, the photography and the performances.
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on 6 December 2013
Beautiful film - my favorite of all of Ceylan's movies. Ebru Ceylan and Nuri together on the screen make for a pefect acting couple. The photography is as ever breath taking - and the story is so simple that you wander why nobody else has done it. That's the true mark of genius - making things look simple. Superb - 9/10
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on 3 November 2007
It is summer in Anatolia and the couple [man and wife in real life] are becoming bored with each other. They decide to separate. In autumn he returns to his job as university lecturer and embarks on a loveless affair. In winter snow the two meet again and an attempted reconciliation ends in failure.
The long slow takes reinforce the mood of ennui, but some are extended too far. As in Uzak, Ceylan is concerned with the unspoken emotions beneath the suface and dialogue is sparse and sometimes deliberately banal
It is not easy to make an interesting film about boredom nor for a director to star in his own film but Ceylan makes a creditable job of both.
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on 7 November 2007
It's one of those great films done in a way that reminds you what is "none Hollywood".Real people,real story,real places,real life...In addition written,directed & acted quite intelligently.Not dialog heavy & done in a subtle way so that you enjoy reading between the lines,decoding the expressions.Therefore it gives the pleasure of reading as oppose to watching.On the other hand with the same reasons it's a bit too slow may be time to time.Having said that it does engage you quite successfully.
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VINE VOICEon 14 July 2008
After being highly impressed with the film Uzak I was looking forward to watching this one. The film is based around a crumbling relationship between husband and wife. The husband being somewhat older than his wife and previously involved in an extra marital affair. The film begins with the couple on holiday, the intensity is tangible from the very off as both parties seem to be more awaiting the moment when they should leave each other but delay it on the pretext of a "well you first"

The relationship crumbles and they both go their separate ways, the husband to the woman who he had a relationship with the wife, to her work in a TV company.

The film is dark, at many times depressing as it examines the collapse and reconstruction of a relationship. Ceylan has hit upon a recipe that many French directors try at but fail miserably. He depicts realism through his lack of extra background lighting, music and minimal dialect. It brings the viewer into the film, makes the viewer care about the characters, sympathise with them and examine the film. French films try hard at this but end up with pointless sex scenes and even more pointless dialect that just bores and annoys the viewer.

Recomended but not as good as Uzak.
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