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Winner of the prestigious Fipresci Award at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, CLIMATES is internationally acclaimed writer-director Nuri Bilge Ceylan s sublime follow-up to his Cannes multi-award winner DISTANT. Beautifully drawn and meticulously observed, the film vividly recalls the cinema of Italian master Michelangelo Antonioni with its poetic use of landscape and the incisive, exquisitely visual rendering of loneliness, loss and the often-elusive nature of happiness. During a sweltering summer vacation on the Aegean coast, the relationship between middle-aged professor Isa (played by Ceylan himself) and his younger, television producer girlfriend Bahar (the luminous Ebru Ceylan, Ceylan s real-life wife) brutally implodes. Back in Istanbul that fall, Isa rekindles a torrid affair with a previous lover. But when he learns that Bahar has left the city for a job in the snowy East, he follows her there to win her back. Boasting subtly powerful performances, heart-stoppingly stunning cinematography (Ceylan s first work in high definition) and densely textured sound design, CLIMATES is the Turkish filmmaker s most gorgeous rumination yet on the fragility and complexity of human relationships.

Stunning new anamorphic transfer, created from hi-def elements The Making of Climates Climates at Cannes Interview: Director/actor Nuri Bilge Ceylan and actor Ebru Ceylan U.S. Theatrical Trailer Optional English subtitles

2006 97 minutes Turkey Color In Turkish with optional English subtitles 1.95:1 theatrical aspect ratio Not Rated


"It's one of the great movies on the vicissitudes of love, commitment, and attraction. " --Wesley Morris - Boston Globe

"Exquisitely structured, pitiless study of a middle-aged man trapped in a stagnant emotional weather pattern." --Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly

The beauty of the Turkish film Climates, a small but indelible masterpiece, is more than skin-deep. No 2006 film meant more to me. It's as sharp and lovely as the best Chekhov short stories. --Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune

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  • Actors: Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Ebru Ceylan
  • Directors: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Zeitgeist Films
  • DVD Release Date: June 26, 2007
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,326 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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I cannot recommend this film highly enough.
Extraordinarily beautiful photography compliment a pacing which allows the viewer to absorb the rich details. There is an intense effort to capture the elusive quality of realizations which are being sensed in a confused present.

Too often we see the drama of relationships being tested, elevated intensities highlighting the struggle to change or remain unchanged. It's less common to see characters struggle quietly with the dawning recognition that there is a bankruptcy in their affection. A couple, Bahar and her older partner Isa on vacation in a coastal town in Turkey, face the painful disintegration of their relationship. The performances which bring this delicate state to the surface are all the more remarkable since they are played by the filmmaker and his wife.

The painful inability to function in a relationship, either from one's emotional atrophy or because one has outgrown that union but can't see it, is at the core of the film. The actors play this out with great sympathy avoiding simple answers. While little happens in terms of action, both characters attempt to move forward with their lives, their choices often outpacing the growth of their knowledge.

Of note is a small performance by Nazan Kirilmis who plays Serap, one of Isa's former lovers in Istanbul. While her presence in the film is brief it's terrific casting, coloring the film's quiet tone and adding a small flash of fire to the story. Not only does this aid in the films dynamic structure, it helps to clarify Isa's ambivalence, grounding Bahar's pain in real terms.

I've watched the film several times, marveling at the storytelling economy, the photography and the performances.
I highly recommend this film.
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After being highly impressed with the film Uzak I was looking forward to watching this one. The film is based around a crumbling relationship between husband and wife. The husband being somewhat older than his wife and previously involved in an extra marital affair. The film begins with the couple on holiday, the intensity is tangible from the very off as both parties seem to be more awaiting the moment when they should leave each other but delay it on the pretext of a "well you first"

The relationship crumbles and they both go their separate ways, the husband to the woman who he had a relationship with the wife, to her work in a TV company.

The film is dark, at many times depressing as it examines the collapse and reconstruction of a relationship. Ceylan has hit upon a recipe that many French directors try at but fail miserably. He depicts realism through his lack of extra background lighting, music and minimal dialect. It brings the viewer into the film, makes the viewer care about the characters, sympathise with them and examine the film. French films try hard at this but end up with pointless sex scenes and even more pointless dialect that just bores and annoys the viewer.

Recomended but not as good as Uzak.
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There is no question that in Nuri Bilge Ceylan we are seeing a first-rate filmmaker in the prime of his career. His many influences have each found their place in his work: with DISTANT, and now CLIMATES, we are seeing original works that transcend the masters that inspired them.

Those predecessors: Antonioni, Bresson, Tati, and above all, Tarkovsky, are all champions of the long take. Of those, only Tati was able to act in his own work and maintain control (and let's not forget how ABSENT Tati was from the later, superior, Hulot films). I bring this up because Ceylan--a formidable actor and charismatic on-camera presence--does not quite succeed, here, in controlling the pace of ALL his long takes. The fact that some shots work very well is impressive, but a filmmaker this good ought to have everything working at all times. And, alas, not everything does. Not, at least, in every shot in which he is present.

Still, there is much to be prized in this evocation of love as one of many situations in life that, quite simply, leaves you helpless and stupid.

There is a scene in a television production van in which Ceylan, as Asa, is pouring his heart out to his girlfriend. Each time he comes to something profoundly personal, one or another of the many crew members enter the van to deposit equipment. It is a painfully funny and perfectly played scene. It is so good, it alone would make this film worth watching.

God willing, this director will be with us for quite a while. His being Turkish does not help when it comes to his getting the recognition he deserves. But watch this guy, because he is one of the greats in the making.
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By Cosmoetica on August 25, 2010
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2006's Climates (Iklimler, literally Weather Conditions) is the third film of Turkish director and screenwriter Nuri Bilge Ceylan's that I've seen, and it is the first one in which he has starred in as an actor. Each of the films has gotten better than its predecessor, and, since his previous film, Distant, touched greatness, Climates had its work cut out for it; but it succeeded. That stated, many critics who compare the film's style and characterizations to those of the films of Michelangelo Antonioni, at his height, are only seeing superficial resemblances. Yes, both directors used long shots that featured landscapes prominently, and Ceylan's cinematographer Gokhan Tiryaki, works wonders with the camera; but Ceylan is interested, to a far greater extant than Antonioni, in the inner human landscapes of the psyche. Antonioni's films had protagonists which were never allowed to open up to the viewer. They were all surface, and no depth. And I mean that not in a bad way. Antonioni saw humans as props to explore deeper terrains, that which was transhuman. Ceylan does not. He is interested in the fundamentally human, and in this manner, he far more resembles the work of Greek filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos than Antonioni, although all three filmmakers have a definitive Mediterranean visual sensibility.

Climates is a masterpiece, but it is more than that. It is also possibly an augur to even better things cinematically. It is not an overstatement to declare that Ceylan may be the best living filmmaker today. And, if one argues with that claim, then one might only add that he's the best still at the height of his powers. Yes, Angelopolous's Trilogy: The Weeping Meadow was great, but he's been at a high level for decades now. Ceylan, on the other hand, is still in ascent. Watch Climates, and feel his pull.
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