Winter sleep

Winter sleep

Sommeil d'hiver

Blu-ray Disc - 2015 | Turkish | Blu-ray version.
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Aydin, a former actor, runs a small hotel in central Anatolia with his young wife Nihal, with whom he has a stormy relationship, and his sister Necla who is suffering from her recent divorce.
Publisher: [Canada] : Mongrel Media, 2015.
Edition: Blu-ray version.
Branch Call Number: Blu-ray FIC Winte
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (163 min.) : digital, sound, colour ; 12 cm.
Language Note: In Turkish with English and French subtitles.


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May 21, 2019

I love the movie Winter Sleep. When I am watching it, I really don't know how time passes so quickly despite of the length of the movie. There was this wild horse keeping tradition among the farmers during the summer. Grain farmers catch the wild horses and keep them during summer to use them for their labour and feed them properly. And when the fall comes, farmers let the horses go. These horses are called “the yılkı horse”. Unfortunately, what we see from the movie, some horse traders catch the horses and sell them to the buyers. It is rather unfortunate that there must be a market for it. When I saw this I felt so bad.

Oct 09, 2018

This movie is rather long (3 1/2 hours) and reminded me of Long Days Journey Into Night a classic play also made into a movie. But to be clear my comparison is about an American W.A.S.P. experience, while this movie is about a Turkish experience. The layers of cultural dichotomies is rich and insightful. A cerebral experience where you are made to think as well as feel.

Mar 14, 2018

A few suggestions before you decide to watch this movie:
1. Don't start watching late at the evening, because movie is 196 min long
2. Don't expect any dramatic development as well
3. Immerse yourselves in beautiful cinematography and dialogue, thinking of Turkey as multilayered society

ArapahoeAlison Jul 15, 2017

Maybe I didn't fully get the film. But to its credit the relationships are multi-faced and the plot is certainly a slow burn.

Mar 27, 2017

Winter, a time of slowing down in nature and in our own lives, winter refers to the last part of ones life, where spring is youth.

The "fight" leaves us in winter. The hopes and dreams of youth, the rebellion, the intense pride and desiree to "be right", the drive turns to contentment, peace.

The story is so intriquate, lessons are learned, conversation is brilliant, topics explored, the reflection of ones choices, his sister, his wife, himself. People see others through their own insecurities, needs, wants, and make judgements of others based on this misinformation.

Each character reperesents a type of personality, perspective of themselves and their view of others.

The man represents life, love, joy, happiness, wanting to give, explore, having an open mind. Unconditional love, artistic open viewpoint and perspective. He plays a retired actor, the artistic creative (devoid of "right and wrong") viewpoint of life. one who enjoys observing, studying and objectively seeking various viewpoints. He enjoys his life, he has worked hard, and wants to share his talent and wealth. Others are jealous of him. His tennants are so poor, and can not pay their rent, they use outdated old methods of "honor" (guilt and manipulation) to apologize.

His much younger wife (representing youth, rebellion, striving for independence while still dependent) settles for a love less marriage to feel safe, and disrespects and resents him for her choice to "use" him. She feels trapped and blames him.

His sister is lonely, bitter and angry, (winter with bitterness) depressed because she regrets divorcing her husband. She disappears and we can suppose she returned to him. She is the argumentative type, the bully passive agressive, tries to outwit and insult him in intellectual battle.

The wild horse he purchases (ironically to make a free spirit wandering , customer happy) and watches being hunted, then trapped, and fighting until it realizes it is doomed to die fighting or surrender and submit. This is one of the most paintful moments in the film, and sums up the entire movie. The horse is put in a dark stable, left alone, and this represents our spirit, when we surrender, submit, and are not allowing ourselves to be free, and others to be free. He realizes this and lets the horse free.

There is so much packed into this film, so many issues, topics, themes, it is absolutely one of the best films I have seen in years. Extremely intellectual while still visually stunning.

The scenery is breathtaking, the vast natural rocky cavernous snowy landscape (devoid of man made structures) reflects the deep intricate caverns of our souls, our desires, our hearts, our minds, our subconscious, while on the surface it (we) looks completely different.

Worth watching again and again. Probes into human relations, politics, spirituality, class, wealth, poverty, stereotypes, aging, life changes / choices, with excellent dialogue, cinematography, acting and story.

Dec 09, 2016

I couldn't rate it because I didn't finish it. I found it depressing.

Nov 18, 2016

Gets to the crux of the problem of the thin line between being philosophical about life and deluding one's self. 5 stars for expressing that reality so depressingly well.

May 04, 2016

Being the winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, the film Winter Sleep touches on many different themes that linger in our society. The film spans over 190 minutes, which is considerably long; but nonetheless, it is worth watching. The film follows the life of a Turkish landlord who is very well cultivated and wealth. The title refers to the fact that during the season of winter, there are few to no tenants living in his hotel. When this happens, the tension between his wife and sister increase and thus creates unrest in the household. The film was very well put together with long dialogues to produce a more dark and depressing mood in midwinter Turkey. The movie can be quite long at certain points but these scenes show the unrest that is going on in the head of the main character. The Cannes Film Festival awards the Palme d’Or to one movie from anywhere in the world and in the year of 2014; it went to Winter Sleep. In the past, the film festival has recognized movies that would only be famous years afterwards. So why not dive in to the mysteries of human nature and consider watching Winter Sleep. - @LordoftheBooks of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Mar 10, 2016

A three-hour masterpiece: a dialogue-rich, slow-paced philosophical film about the moral dilemmas in the life of a wealthy retired actor turned writer and his young wife, his sister and his struggling tenants.

Dec 15, 2015

Definitely not a film for everyone. It feels too slow at times and the dialogues drag on superfluous details.

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Sep 07, 2016

Set in the picturesque and striking landscape of Cappadocia in Central Anatolia, Winter Sleep focuses on a small village, half-empty, in the wintry off-season. The film follows a local celebrity, Aydin, an actor who runs a small hotel with his wife, writes a column for the local newspaper, and is toying with the idea of producing a book on Turkish theatre. With a steady, penetrating gaze reminiscent of that which Ingmar Bergman brought to his chamber pieces, Ceylan cuts through the smug self-image of a man who considers himself of elevated stature, but is ultimately brought face-to-face with who and what he truly is. 88%/83%

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