The Wild Pear Tree (ctba)

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The Wild Pear Tree (ctba)

Turkey/2018/183mins/TBC Dir: Nuri Bilge Ceylan With: Aydın Doğu Demirkol, Dogu Demirkol, Murat Cemcir, Bennu Yildirimlar

An ambitious young graduate and aspiring writer comes back to his rural village and finds himself confronted with ambiguous feelings towards his hometown and family there after big city life. A philosophical musing on the leaps away from adolescence we take in our 20s and the meaning of family in the modern world when so many of us grow away from our families. The humane and poignant story that Ceylan creates is belied by the stripe of humour within the film. 

 

"One of the world’s great filmmakers… delivers what might be his funniest, most politically poignant work yet. It also happens to be achingly personal…. there are thoughts here — conflicted, unresolved ones — about how an artist should engage with his times. That’s a critical question for Ceylan, an internationally beloved, progressive but outwardly apolitical artist working in a politically volatile country."
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