THE WILD PEAR TREE
Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan
2019, 188 minutes
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Sinan (Aydin Doğu Demirkol), an aspiring writer, returns home after university hoping to scrape together enough money to publish his first novel. He wanders the town encountering old flames and obstinate gatekeepers and finds his youthful ambition increasingly at odds with the deferred dreams of his gambling-addict father (Murat Cemcir). As his own fantasies mingle with reality, Sinan grapples with the people and the place that have made him who he is.
Following in the great tradition of family dramas like Death of a Salesman and Long Days Journey Into Night, The Wild Pear Tree weaves an evocative tale of creative struggle and familial responsibility with inspired performances, sumptuous imagery and surprising bursts of humor. Its one of Ceylans most personal works to date, a film as rich, layered and uncompromising as the novel its headstrong hero is working to publish.
Subjects & Collections
2019 Family Relations Islamic Studies Literature Narrative Films Psychology & Psychiatry Middle Eastern Studies Cinema Studies
Festivals & AwardsOfficial Selection, Cannes Film Festival
Official Selection, NYFF56
Official Selection, Toronto Film Festival
"His funniest, most politically poignant work yet."
— Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice
— Jay Weissberg, Variety
"Perceptive and profound."
— Eric Kohn, Indiewire
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