Dave White
Climates Review

Dave's Rating:

5.0

… perfect looking …

Who's in It: Ebru Ceylan, Nuri Bilge Ceylan

The Basics: Turkish urban professionals break-up and make-up and then break-up some more. Thankfully, they do this without talking it to death like Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn did in that movie they were in that was about the same thing.

What's the Deal? And when I say they don't talk it to death, I mean that they barely speak. And the takes are long. And the camera stays focused on tiny little moments and gestures. Or the weather. In fact, the weather is kind of a counterpoint to the minimal action, commenting on everything around it. It's kind of its own genre: The Movie Where Nothing Happens. And seriously, once you've seen one too many loud, yappy Hollywood movies, these little meditative art-house films feel like hot chocolate on a frozen day.

Pedigree: Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Ceylan also directed the acclaimed 2003 film Distant.

They're Just Acting: The two leads are played by the director and his wife, which seems to me like it would be the perfect way to get your marital aggressions out.

My Favorite Ending of a Movie From This Whole Year: It could be that I'm just jonesin' for some and resigned to never getting it because I live in Los Angeles, but when the snow falls on Mrs. Ceylan in the movie's final moments, it's the most perfect looking thing ever.

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