Distant ★★★★½

Uzak is a poetic, microscopic look at the lives of two Turkish cousins, whose polar opposite personalities cause them to clash constantly in their Istanbul home, while deep down they are tormented by the same worldly human conditions. In a snowy Istanbul, sorrow runs deep, despite director Nuri Bilge Ceylan's masterful efforts to hold every ounce of emotions in.

Touching on many topics, such as economic depression, different walks of life, and the meaning of life, Uzak is extremely philosophical in tone, on top of its largely subtle delivery, saves for several scenes depicting the comical, relatable tensions between those two cousins that warrant a solid laugh and offer human touch to this other wise almost untouchable experience. The acting was also noteworthy, with both leading actors deservingly sharing the best actor award at Cannes Film Festival.

Overall, Uzak is simply a masterpiece that's unmistakably Turkish, with its mesmerizing sensitivity and sympathy, while delivering an emotional piece that's as universal as it gets. Highly recommended.

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