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The Wild Pear Tree
Dir.: Nuri Bilge Ceylan | 188 minutes

The Wild Pear Tree

Turkey, France, Germany, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sweden 2018 | 188 minutes | Turkish | Hebrew, English subtitles

Sinan, a literature enthusiast, returns home from college to the provincial town of his childhood, set on raising money to publish his first novel. But the situation at home is far from encouraging; his parents’ relationship is on the rocks, and his flamboyant father’s gambling has him deep in debt. In his new film, Nuri Bilge Ceylan takes the direction of his previous work, Winter Sleep (winner of the Palme d’Or), to new heights in a story that focuses on a young man at a crossroads. Meticulous cinematography and performances are intertwined with complex, philosophical dialogues resonant of writings by Chekhov and Dostoyevsky, to yield a work that is no less than a masterpiece.