NURI BILGE CEYLAN
EW Staff
December 31, 2014 AT 05:00 AM EST

Winter Sleep

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
196 minutes
performer
Haluk Bilginer
director
Nuri Bilge Ceylan
genre
Drama

We gave it an A

Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2014 Cannes festival, Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s magnificently honest drama is set at a hotel built into the caves of a porous mountainside. It’s the perfect locale to reflect the craggy mind of innkeeper Mr. Aydin (embodied in a titanic performance by Haluk Bilginer). He hides his joyless moralizing and ego from guests, but his wife (Melisa Sozen) and sister (Demet Akbag) aren’t so lucky. The film stretches out over three-plus hours—for the wary, that’s Interstellar plus a Simpsons episode—which allows for several extraordinary dialogue scenes, including an epic 18-minute argument that’s one of the greatest ever for showing how deep siblings can carve into each other. Winter Sleep crackles like a hearth fire—it’s a slow but incandescent burn. AJoe McGovern

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