Winter Sleep

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Universal acclaim- based on 47 Ratings

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  • Summary: Aydin (Haluk Bilginer), 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. In winter as the snow begins to fall, the hotel turns into a shelter but also anAydin (Haluk Bilginer), 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. In winter as the snow begins to fall, the hotel turns into a shelter but also an inescapable place that fuels their animosities. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Dec 18, 2014
    100
    Winter Sleep belongs alongside “Boyhood” and “Inherent Vice” on the short list of the most powerful films of 2014. Calling a film “good” or “important” is subjective, of course, but this isn’t: All three are reaching for the kind of cinematic transcendence that exceeds language, that weaves together various art forms into an ascending spiral of meaning that cannot finally be captured or defined.
  2. 100
    Faithful to Chekhov, Ceylan spells out nothing except that unhappiness unrecognized is unhappiness compounded, and despite the film’s wintry chill, there’s a thrilling warmth in this struggle to shine a light on life.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    May 21, 2015
    100
    Such miserable people; why should we care? Maybe because Ceylan does. By staging this petulant misery in a snow-filled world of melancholy, unearthly beauty, he underscores their tragedy.
  4. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Dec 17, 2014
    90
    This isn’t merely about the follies of a misanthrope, it’s an epic tragedy about life in the Ivory Tower and the inability to understand—much less empathize with—other human beings.
  5. Reviewed by: Ian Freer
    Nov 17, 2014
    80
    It will test your concentration, resolve and butt cheeks to the limit but Winter Sleep will reward your staying power: a perfectly played, beautiful-looking, exquisitely nuanced picture. Would make a great, if gruelling, decaying-wedlock double bill with "Gone Girl."
  6. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    May 24, 2014
    80
    The final half-hour is a joy to watch, as turning points follow in rapid succession.
  7. Reviewed by: Jessica Kiang
    May 24, 2014
    50
    The overwriting of every single discussion smacks less of realistic debate than of a writer/director in the throes of a fit of didacticism who simply never trusts his audience to get his meaning without it being iterated and reiterated to the point of white noise.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. May 18, 2015
    10
    The film itself will be hard to follow and like (as it has an extremely ambitious running time of three hours and that the film is mostlyThe film itself will be hard to follow and like (as it has an extremely ambitious running time of three hours and that the film is mostly filled with long conversations), but the end result is rewarding. Nuri Bilge Ceylan has made a epic film that deals with power and the struggling relationship between the wealthy and the poor. A film that requires your immediate attention (and attention necessary to finish the film). Expand
  2. Dec 19, 2014
    10
    With a cast of the best Turkish actors at this moment, Nuri Bilge Ceylan made something beautiful here and it's gonna stay with me for a veryWith a cast of the best Turkish actors at this moment, Nuri Bilge Ceylan made something beautiful here and it's gonna stay with me for a very long time. Expand
  3. Jul 26, 2015
    10
    Excellent from beginning to end. The play-like dialogues are flawlessly acted, and they stay captivating because of the brilliant writingExcellent from beginning to end. The play-like dialogues are flawlessly acted, and they stay captivating because of the brilliant writing which intertwines the complex study of an interesting character with relevant observasions on human psychology, ethical conundrums and class differences. Expand
  4. Jul 7, 2015
    9
    This 3 hour drama seems like we are under wasted moments which may not add anything to this story. But Ceylan is very much clear about settingThis 3 hour drama seems like we are under wasted moments which may not add anything to this story. But Ceylan is very much clear about setting every single frame which not only just added visual beauty but also provided entrenching movie moments which strengthen the story's core. Expand
  5. Dec 19, 2014
    9
    The work made with this movie is simply awesome. An amazing story, but sometimes the dialogues turn to something boring and unnecessary. StillThe work made with this movie is simply awesome. An amazing story, but sometimes the dialogues turn to something boring and unnecessary. Still is one of the best movies this year and an amazing Academy Award® contender for Best Foreign Language Film. Expand
  6. Jul 7, 2015
    9
    This 3 hour drama seems like we are under wasted moments which may not add anything to this story. But Ceylan is very much clear about settingThis 3 hour drama seems like we are under wasted moments which may not add anything to this story. But Ceylan is very much clear about setting every single frame which not only just added visual beauty but also provided entrenching movie moments which strengthen the story's core. Expand
  7. Lyn
    Jul 11, 2015
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. To enjoy "Winter Sleep," it will help to have a high tolerance for films in which people talk endlessly about their ideas, grudges, disappointments and uncertainties. I tend to like that sort of thing, so I enjoyed it. Like the Michael Douglas character in "Wonder Boys" and the soulful Italian lead in "The Great Beauty," the main character is grappling with some mid/late life struggles. Unfortunately, he lacks the ability to truly connect with people that seems to save the guys in those other two films. His conflicted conversations with the women in his life are painful ... and though it goes on more than three hours, I would have loved maybe five more minutes that hinted at how ANY of these lives might turn out! The bleakly beautiful scenery is a haunting character in its own right, and if you didn't have to follow the subtitles, listening to the Turkish language is fascinating, as well. Expand

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