Distant Synopsis
Hoping to find a job, a man travels to Istanbul, Turkey, to stay with an equally lonely relative.
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100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
A Chekhovian tale of major artistic power.
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100

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Mood, atmosphere, and character are more important than story twists in this unassuming, acutely observant drama.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Ceylan, who also served as cinematographer, frames the affecting, unstudied performances in gorgeously chosen shots and nonevents that...
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90

L.A. Weekly

By Scott Foundas
The film's extraordinary shifts from windswept sorrow (Mahmut watching from a distance as his ex-wife departs Istanbul for a new life in...
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90

Los Angeles Times

By Kenneth Turan
A beautifully made, unapologetically artistic piece of work.
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88

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
If "Starsky & Hutch" is your idea of art, keep your distance from Distant, the droll new movie from maverick Turkish director Nuri Bilge...
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80

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
There's also very little dialogue, but what there is is often very funny, and Ceylan is a master of the dead-pan visual gags that reveal...
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75

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Long stretches go by without dialogue or discernible action. But there are significant rewards for those willing to accept the movie's...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Jonathan Curiel
A minimalist drama that takes its mood from Turkey's wintry terrain and the uneasy relationship between two bullheaded cousins.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A movie like this touches everyday life in a way that we can recognize as if Turkey were Peoria. I can imagine a similar film being made in...
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Dark and Gloomy but real

By The_Separator
A simple story from Turkish Director Nuri Bilge Ceylon: a man tries to cope with his life in the dismal conditions of an Istanbul winter. He's successful, but unhappy. Beautifully shot. Simplistic in...

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Rated NR