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The Wild Pear Tree Rated 15

The Wild Pear Tree

Dir. Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Turkey, 2018. 3h 8m. Turkish/subs. Starring Aydın Doğu Demirkol, Murat Cemcir, Bennu Yıldırımlar, Hazar Ergüçlü, Serkan Keskin, Öner Erkan, Özay Fecht.

Ambitious student Sinan returns to his rural village home with no job and a life-changing decision to make. Follow his dreams as an author? Or support his family and become a teacher? Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s follow-up to his Palme d’Or-winning Winter Sleep is a sensual and lyrical portrait of a young man at odds with his hometown.

‘Tremendously well acted, heavy in visual and verbal metaphor, and so ablaze with pastoral beauty that the hillsides and forests seem to glow with their own amber light.’ ★★★★★ Robbie Collin, The Telegraph

‘It's an unhurried, elegiac address to the idea of childhood and your home town - and how returning to both has a bittersweet savour.’ ★★★★★ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian