Sunday 16 December 2018

The Wild Pear Tree review: 'Ceylan’s film is excellent, a joy for those with three hours to spare'

5 stars

The Wild Pear Tree
The Wild Pear Tree
Paul Whitington

Paul Whitington

I’m a big fan of Nuri Bilge Ceylan, whose films use the Turkish heartlands as a moody backdrop to his sedate and witty morality tales.

In this one, college graduate Sinan (Aydin Dogu Demirkol) returns to his hometown, the southern port of Canakkale.

He wants to be a writer, but his mother thinks he should grow up, and his laconic father, Idris (Murat Cemcir) provides a cautionary tale.

Idris squandered his youthful talent and charisma, and as Sinan watches his dad charming his way aimlessly through life, he wonders will he make the same mistakes.

Ceylan’s film is excellent, a joy for those with three hours to spare.

(No Cert, IFI, 188mins, releasing Nov 30)

Also releasing this week:

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