New York Film Festival favorite Nuri Bilge Ceylan—his Once Upon a Time in Anatolia was one of the great hits of the 2011 NYFF—had already impressed festival audiences with this mournfully droll Turkish analysis of male melancholy. Ceylan moves metaphorically and meteorologically from the warmth of western Turkey to the snowy cold of its eastern border in this visually stunning tale of a couple’s break-up and the aftermath. The director himself plays the lead role of Isa, who selfishly splits with his girlfriend (played by Ebru Ceylan, the director’s wife) and then travels across Turkey as he comes to terms with his need for her. Climates also marks a step forward in the quickly evolving world of digital filmmaking, as Ceylan employs the unique textures and possibilities of the digital image to create subtle emotional effects.
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