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  • Actors: Muzaffer Özdemir, Mehmet Emin Toprak, Zuhal Gencer, Nazan Kesal, Feridun Koc
  • Directors: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  • Format: PAL, Colour, HiFi Sound, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • 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 Sept. 2004
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002LUAFC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,205 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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"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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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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By A Customer on 5 April 2005
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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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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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Turkish photographer, screenwriter and director Nuri Bilge Ceylan`s third feature film which he wrote and produced, is inspired by his own experiences. It was screened In competition at the 56th Cannes International Film Festival in 2003, was shot in Istanbul, Turkey and is a Turkish production. It tells the story about a middle-aged photographer named Mahmut who lives in an apartment in Istanbul and who one day is visited by his cousin named Yusuf who comes from the countryside.

Distinctly and acutely directed by Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan, this rhythmic and somewhat autobiographical fictional tale which is narrated from the two main character`s viewpoints, draws a quiet and moving portrayal of a relationship between two Turkish relatives from different generations. While notable for its naturalistic milieu depictions, sterling production design by Turkish production designer Ebru Ceylan, cinematography by Nuri Bilge Ceylan and use of sound and music, this character-driven, narrative-driven and colorful story depicts two internal and interrelated studies of character.

This naturally humorous and incisive drama which is set during a winter in the capital of Turkey, is impelled and reinforced by its fleeting narrative structure, subtle character development and the remarkable acting performances by Turkish actors Muzaffer Ödemir and Mehmet Emin Toprak (1974-2002). A genuinely compassionate and singular character piece which gained, among several other awards, the Grand Prix Nuri Bilge Ceylan at the 56th Cannes Film Festival in 2003.
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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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By Gogol VINE VOICE on 30 Aug. 2008
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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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