The Wild Pear Tree

The Wild Pear Tree

DVD - 2019 | Turkish | Widescreen ed
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Sinan, an aspiring writer, returns home after university, hoping to scrape together enough money to publish his first novel. He wanders the town encountering old flames and obstinate gatekeepers and finds his youthful ambition increasingly at odds with the deferred dreams of his gambling addict father. As his own fantasies mingle with reality, Sinan grapples with the people and the place that has made him who he is.
Publisher: [UNITED STATES] : Cinema Guild, 2019
Edition: Widescreen ed
ISBN: 9780781516068
Branch Call Number: DVD Wild
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 188 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Demirkol, Dogu
Cemcir, Murat


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Feb 26, 2020

This movie is over 3 hours long! Only a few stories need 3 hours to tell. This isn't one of them. It is long and tedious and a slog to get through. Keep the fast forward button handy.

Feb 12, 2020

This film by Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan is in some way similar to one of his earlier film, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, which I actually like much better. TWBT is talky, philosophical, and life-lamenting. It is also 3 hours long, and it is after the first hour that I slowly sink into the plot (no, I didn't fast forward any part despite a brief urge to do so). It is about disappointment of life in contemporary Turkey, and it is also about a strained father-son relationship, among other sub-themes. For me, quoting what someone had said, watching this film it is like reading a good book in an uncomfortable chair. Not an easy viewing, but I am glad I finished it.

Jan 24, 2020

Very interesting, good movie about a father and son, their different characters, views of the world. Some humour and good discussions, contradiction between the modern and the traditional, the internal and external behaviour are touching.

Nov 17, 2019

Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan turns a son's visit into a secular Pilgrim’s Progress with the highly opinionated youth running into all manner of avatars and muses, devil’s advocates and animal familiars, as he navigates through a countryside alive with symbolic portents: a dry well speaks of creative struggle; a purloined apple offers the same old temptation; and snow either drifts or thaws according to the emotional climate. Unfortunately, at three hours, the film gets caught up in a few too many rustling metaphors and philosophical tangents as the director becomes enamoured with his own message—part celebration of the artistic mind and part rebuke against Turkey itself. Two scenes did stand out nevertheless: Sinan getting a long overdue dressing-down from an accomplished author tired of his narcissistic ramblings, and Sinan goading two imams as they argue over the nature of God—their increasingly ridiculous bombast counterpointed by the distant barnyard sounds of cackling chickens and bleating goats.

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