Mahmut (Muzaffer Özdemir) is a successful Istanbul photographer, but has arrived at middle age divorced, disillusioned and uninspired. His fastidiously ordered and mostly solitary life in the city is upset by the arrival of his cousin Yusuf (Mehmet Emin Toprak), a country bumpkin from the home village Mahmut left behind years ago. Having promised his mother to let Yusuf stay with him until he can find a new job, Mahmut braces for a long winter of odd coupledom with his hapless cousin and his fruitless job search. "UZAK is about loneliness and depression, and particularly the kind of depression suffered by men of a certain age who would cut their tongues out rather than admit they are depressed. Yet the film itself is, gloriously, the opposite of depressing. It is gentle and deeply humane, and even ventures into an arena of delicate visual comedy with a shy adroitness." — Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian. Winner, Grand Prix and Best Actor(s) (Özdemir and Toprak), 2003 Cannes Film Festival. DIR/SCR/PROD Nuri Bilge Ceylan; SCR Cemil Kavukçu. Turkey, 2002, color, 110 min. In Turkish with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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