Winter sleep

Winter sleep

DVD - 2014 | Turkish
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Aydin, a former actor, runs a small hotel in central Anatolia with his young wife Nihal with whom he has a stormy relationship and his sister Necla who is suffering from her recent divorce. In winter as the snow begins to fall, the hotel turns into a shelter but also an inescapable place that fuels their animosities.
Publisher: [United States] :, Adopt Films,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
digital,optical,surround,Dolby digital 5.1,rda
1 videodisc (196 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches


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AL_ALISON Jul 15, 2017

Maybe I didn't fully get the film. But to its credit the relationships are multi-faced and the plot is certainly a slow burn.

May 04, 2016

Being the winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, the film Winter Sleep touches on many different themes that linger in our society. The film spans over 190 minutes, which is considerably long; but nonetheless, it is worth watching. The film follows the life of a Turkish landlord who is very well cultivated and wealth. The title refers to the fact that during the season of winter, there are few to no tenants living in his hotel. When this happens, the tension between his wife and sister increase and thus creates unrest in the household. The film was very well put together with long dialogues to produce a more dark and depressing mood in midwinter Turkey. The movie can be quite long at certain points but these scenes show the unrest that is going on in the head of the main character. The Cannes Film Festival awards the Palme d’Or to one movie from anywhere in the world and in the year of 2014; it went to Winter Sleep. In the past, the film festival has recognized movies that would only be famous years afterwards. So why not dive in to the mysteries of human nature and consider watching Winter Sleep. - @LordoftheBooks of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jan 11, 2016

About three miserable people who seem addicted to making each other miserable. The only interesting character, and it is very interesting indeed, is the magical landscape.

Dec 15, 2015

Definitely not a film for everyone. It feels too slow at times and the dialogues drag on superfluous details.

Nov 01, 2015


Oct 26, 2015

True, it's 3-&-a-half hours of long dialogue & moody silence. Definitely not-to-everyone's-taste. But for those who are patient enough to sit through the whole session, this could be one of the most rewarding & thought-provoking 3-&-a-half hours spent. Please, see it.

Oct 07, 2015

For me the story of this movie was nothing special. The acting was excellent but the scenery of the area was fantastic. I also enjoyed seeing how Turkish people live and interact. I felt the movie was long and some scenes took so long to get going, the scene when the wife goes to drop off the money to the renter was excruciating long!! Overall, this movie is worth the watch but you must be patient and realize nothing is going to happen in this movie.

Sep 28, 2015

Slow, talky, and over 3 hours long, this is not a film for everyone. But it has director Ceylan's signature all over it. The mountain setting is gorgeous, and the human aspect of the drama well played. It is not as good as 'Once Upon a Time in Anatolia' as far as I am concerned, but it is still a worthwhile film from a talented director and script writer.

Sep 19, 2015

Masterpiece..It is one of the best films of 2014 which won several awards

Sep 19, 2015

Reminds me of Chekhov and Bergman. Philosophy in beautiful fairytale like Anatolia. Long but not one unnecessary scene. Very good acting.

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Sep 07, 2016

Set in the picturesque and striking landscape of Cappadocia in Central Anatolia, Winter Sleep focuses on a small village, half-empty, in the wintry off-season. The film follows a local celebrity, Aydin, an actor who runs a small hotel with his wife, writes a column for the local newspaper, and is toying with the idea of producing a book on Turkish theatre. With a steady, penetrating gaze reminiscent of that which Ingmar Bergman brought to his chamber pieces, Ceylan cuts through the smug self-image of a man who considers himself of elevated stature, but is ultimately brought face-to-face with who and what he truly is. 88%/83%

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