International Writers Magazine: Film
Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan/ with Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Ebru Ceylan,
Nazan Kesal/ Turkey 2006/ 101 mins
was Time Out's Critics Choice for this years 50th Film Festival
and I was lucky enough to attend a screening at Londons
West End Odeon. The screening was also attended by the writer
and director, both answering audiences questions at the end of
It was Times
Out's Critics Choice for this years 50th Film Festival and I was
lucky enough to attend a screening at Londons West End Odeon,
the screening was also attended by the writer and Director himself,
to my excitement answering audiences questions at the end of the screening,
the film in question, Climates, by Turkish writer and Director Nuri
Bilge Ceylan, who has been haled as the new male Soffia Coppola, with
his devastatingly subtle approach to film making.
I immediately warmed to the directors point of view of life and
love, which is evidently what this film is about. It takes us through
a scenic portryal of Isa, a university lecturer and his younger wife
Bahar, an Art Director; we see the devastating effects the break-up
has on his wife and her reaction to it. The film is beautifully set
in parts of Turkey and Istanbul; the scenes almost subtly reflect the
harsh emotions of the film. In the beginning we see beautiful streaks
of bright orange and yellow and as the mood rapidly develops into heartache
and pain the films scenes depict snow storms in Istanbul and the depressing
grayness of constant rain. His latest film attempt to blend raw emotion
and self destruction, throughout the film you start to realise the devastating
effects of the break up, and how we deal with it in a completely complex
way. A tale of self-destruction and loneliness prevails throughout.
Isa has no idea of how complex his wife feelings are and evidently falls
into the arms of another woman.
His first film Urzak (Distant), which was screened at the Film
Festival in 2003. Has the same quiet style of storytelling, his passion
for his home town of Istanbul never strays from the film and we come
to realise the intense stubbornness the character has in this relationship.
We can see ourselves through the eyes of this character and the potential
of all the raw emotions within all of us. Neylan successfully brings
a moving, naturalistic attitude towards the relationship in the film.
After the film he explained in great detail, that his films are projects
of the self, personal projects in the best sense, Neylan effectively
explores raw human emotion throughout the film, with brutal honesty
and openness, his character is realistic in his reactions to the split,
reactions which Neylan, the director, is familiar with.
His wife in the film is also his wife in real life which gives this
film that sense of authenticity. Both of his films portray realistic
characters, which the viewer can relate to both emotionally and physically,
this tale of turmoil is only too familiar in Neylans films. One
character in particular, Sejab, Isas mistress, the woman he runs
back to when they finally break up, provides sophistication and naivety,
a mood thats evident in both of his films. The director has an
acute understanding that we all have the potential within us all for
such devastation and loneliness.
I was clearly left feeling drained of all my senses, this film has every
bit of sophistication, and possibly a subtle insight into the males
perspective of break ups, leading us towards a path of uncertentainty
for both characters, the film left me with a feeling of wanting more
from this Director, a successful step towards film making, his efforts
to combine the complex mixture of pain and humor throughout this film,
gives the film that edge and sincere ness, a bittersweet tale, set in
the picturesque costal roads of Turkey and the harsh, conflicting snow
storms of Istanbul, clearly reflecting the characters and narratives
of this tale perfectly. A real moving piece of storytelling portrayed
through the eyes of the director and his wife.
© Carly McClain
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