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3.0 out of 5 stars Slow moving depiction of how things fall apart, 13 Aug 2013
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This review is from: Climates [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
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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