A lyrically subdued and humane masterpiece, Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s 2002 Uzak – with its story appropriately set in a busy metropolis separated by two continents – takes its time to build up dramatic tension in a haunting meditation on selfishness, alienation, depression and shame.
What other film can visualise the past and the future so clearly without stepping one inch out of the present? Without magic or machines, writer-director Nuri Bilge Ceylan creates a house of mirrors so rich and revealing that the reflexions are immensely powerful. Uzak [Distant] shows two men so alienated from themselves, each other and the people around them, that they are forced to face what’s in front of them: the other man. And in realising that the one is the other in the past and the other is the one in the future, they retrieve deeper into themselves. Continue reading