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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 52 | volume X | January-February, 2007



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Blesok no. 52January-February, 2007
Gallery Reviews

Tranquility and Disturbance as a Provocation, Lasting or Concluding

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Regarding the Turkish movie “Climates” by Nuri Bilge Ceylan; part of the main program of the 59th Cannes Film Festival, recipient of Critics' Award “Fipresci”

    The Turkish movie “Climates” by Nuri Bilge Ceylan was completely different from the other movies at this year Cannes Film Festival. This film was probably the only unpretentious one, without politics, history, or contemporary problems: it is a personal, “small” movie, yet a release that touched everyone with its subject. Although it seemed as a unambitious movie in the Cannes surrounding, Ceylan proved that nevertheless, a beautiful movie can be made; a movie that penetrates deep into human nature and within its uncertain and ambiguous character. Finally, it is an everlasting problem and an eternal question; it can never lose its weight, especially when it comes to a talented author and real artist. Moreover, Ceylon even won the Critics' Award “Fipresci”: completely based on his merit, defying other releases and proving his superiority.
    

    “Climates” deals with human nature which is always in touch with its surrounding and the nature. The seasons in this movie are just bringing colors, scents, nostalgia and atmosphere, which in fact tells the simple story about Isa (Nuri Bilge Ceylan) and Bahar (Ebru Ceylan): about their incapability to be happy despite all preconditions, about their inability to be complete when together, and yet unhappy when apart. In fact, this beautifully pictured movie, using loads of vivid colors and emotional games, often speaks about vague reasons and our inability to find ourselves, about our inaptitude to accept the happiness as is, finding a challenge in the realm of greater provocation. What is it, Ceylan asks the question, that makes man complicate his life absolutely unnecessary; what makes us alive, or deprives us of our will. With these questions, Ceylan superbly opens his movie, next to the ruins and remains of some old buildings, where everything begins, everything repeats and ends. The beautiful Bahar, despite her ancient beauty, quietness and perfection, feels the entire disturbance inside herself, faced deep inside with the inevitable end and the fact that there is nothing she could do about it.
    

    Made in a quite straightforward way, “Climates” is in fact a movie of strong emotions, inquiries, powerful inner turmoil and search for oneself. Serap (Nazan Kesal) is a girlfriend of Isa's friend, as well as his ex girlfriend. She is still provocative; she still stirs Isa's passion and his wild






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