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Distant (2002)

Uzak (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 20 December 2002 (Turkey)
After his wife leaves him, a photographer has an existential crisis and tries to cope with his cousin's visit.

Director:

Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Writers:

Nuri Bilge Ceylan (scenario), Cemil Kavukçu (additional writing)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Muzaffer Özdemir ... Mahmut
Mehmet Emin Toprak ... Yusuf
Zuhal Gencer Zuhal Gencer ... Nazan (as Zuhal Gencer Erkaya)
Nazan Kesal Nazan Kesal ... Lover (as Nazan Kirilmis)
Feridun Koç Feridun Koç ... Janitor
Fatma Ceylan Fatma Ceylan ... Mother
Ebru Ceylan Ebru Ceylan ... (as Ebru Yapici)
Bahaltin Surler Bahaltin Surler ... (as Bahattin Serter)
Nazli Aydin Nazli Aydin
Engin Hepsev Engin Hepsev
Ercan Kesal
Asli Orhun Asli Orhun
Ahmet Bugay Ahmet Bugay
Arif Asçi Arif Asçi
Cemal Gülas Cemal Gülas
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Storyline

Mahmut, a 40 year old independent photographer, is a "village boy made good" at least professionally in the big city - Istanbul in this case. After his wife leaves him, he falls into an existential crisis. Then comes his cousin Yusuf, who left his native village after a local factory closed down, effectively unemploying over half the local men. He looks to Istanbul for salvation: a job on board a ship sailing abroad, at once exciting and crucial to supporting his family in the desperately poor village. The distance between the two men is apparent at once, and becomes increasingly pronounced. Whereas Mahmut is adusted to big city life and suffers from many of its neuroses, Yusuf is a lonely, excentric country worker with annoying nervous and hygienic habits, and a sick mother back home he must somehow support. This intimate drama was filmed in the director's apartment in Istanbul, using all his furniture, appliances, rooms, car and so on as the film's props. The actor playing Yusuf is ... Written by Gonz30

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

NBC film

Country:

Turkey

Language:

Turkish

Release Date:

20 December 2002 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

Distant See more »

Filming Locations:

Turkey See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,280, 14 March 2004

Gross USA:

$96,293

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$315,405
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Company Credits

Production Co:

NBC Ajans, NBC Film See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In an interview, director Nuri Bilge Ceylan says that he actually didn't have any idea of shooting Yusuf's outdoor scenes in a snowy Istanbul. However, Ceylan woke up one day and saw that the city was covered in snow, so he decided to shoot those scenes that day. See more »

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Masterpiece
27 January 2005 | by smakawhatSee all my reviews

It has taken me about a year now after seeing this film to write about it. Lord knows I have wanted to, after witnessing it I knew I saw something I hadn't seen before but wasn't sure why. Now after reflecting for quite some time I know, it's these characters that even now I still can't stop thinking about.

Distant briefly and slowly tells the story of a relative (Yusuf) who comes from the rurals to live briefly with a well off to do photographer (Mahmut) in the city in hopes to find employment. However it becomes clear that after Yusuf hypothesizes the idea of being a sailor and his employment prospects dim, that he's really searching for something else, some sort of purpose in his life.

Through all this soul searching we are taken through seasonal surroundings that are filmed exquisitely. The context in which they happen makes the scenes more powerful in 2 particular ones when a girl Yusuf has been following suddenly meets up with her significant other, and the look of Yusuf's face as he looks into a basket of fish and the shot and light that reflects off his tortured face. That scene in itself has to be one of the most gorgeously filmed pieces I have witness in I don't know how long.

In the end Mahmut has his own demons too, but ends up confronting his relative that he is not really trying to find a job and is forced to ask him to leave, in a scene that is very simple but has the feeling of true heartbreak.

What the viewer is left with is lots of reflecting and pondering for these 2 people who everyone can see a piece of themselves in. You should not be put off by the pace of this film it is truly worth every single breathtaking second.

Rating 10 out of 10.


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