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Once Upon a Time in Anatolia [Blu-ray]

  • NR
  • Blu-ray
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • A night spent gathering evidence of a killing reveals a great deal about both the criminals and the men bringing them to justice in this drama from Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Kenan (Firat Tanis) and Ramazan (Burhan Yildiz) are two men who have confessed to murder, and Naci (Yilmaz Erdogan) is the police detective who has been assigned to wrap up the details of the case. With several of his colleagues in tow, Naci heads out to the woods with the killers in order to find and recover the body. However, Kenan and Ramazan's memories about the night of the killing are foggy, and it takes far longer than anyone expected to arrive at the scene of the crime. Over the course of a long night, the men talk about many different aspects of life, and their conversation explores their attitudes about life in Turkey and the human condition in general. BIR ZAMANLAR ANADOLU'DA (aka ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA) was an official selection at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.
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  • Credits
    Muhammet Uzuner, Yilmaz Erdogan, Taner Birsel, Ahmet, Memtaz Taylan, Firat Tanis
  • Critic Reviews
    "[A] plangent, visually stunning meditation on what it is to be human."
    New York Times

    "Tectonic pacing builds to a series of imperceptible and yet earth-moving moments in Nuri Bilge Ceylans ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA..."
    Movieline

    "Ceylan shoots most of the nighttime exteriors through the beams cast off by three pairs of headlights, which give the landscape a haunted quality that sets the tone." -- Grade: A-
    A.V. Club

    3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Nuri Bilge Ceylan, one of Turkey's best directors, has a deep understanding of human nature. He loves his characters and empathizes with them."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "[T]his is certainly his most ambitious and experimental film to date....What's most startling, perhaps, is his sense of mystery..."
    Sight and Sound

    4 stars out of 5 -- "Closer in metaphysical spirit to Kiarostami than to Leone, it lingers thanks to beautifully lit widescreen images of lived-in faces and barren, beautiful landscapes."
    Total Film

    4 stars out of 4 -- "Many mysteries are at the heart of ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA, a movie of such dark, smoldering intensity that it's easy to forget that half of it takes place in near darkness."
    Washington Post

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