Film Review: THE WILD PEAR TREE (Ahlat Ağacı)(Turkey/France/Germany/Bulgaria/Macedonia/Bosnia and Herzegovia/Sweden 2018) ****

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An aspiring writer returns to his native village, where his father’s debts catch up to him.


Nuri Bilge Ceylan


Akin AksuEbru Ceylan |

The third film set in Anatolia, Turkey after ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA and WINTER SLEEP, THE WILD PEAR TREE is another engrossing and rewarding drama to watch despite its 3-hour running time.  As in all of Ceylon’s films, the drama deals with an individual as he contemplates existence in a rural setting.  Because Ceylon is able to connect his protagonist with his audience through film, his films are tremendously satisfying, this film having the best rating on Rotten Tomatoes for a film screened at Cannes this year.  THE WILD PEAR TREE is also Turkey’s entry for the Best Foreign Film Oscar for 2018.

The film opens with the…

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