Distant

Distant ★★★½

Uzak provides a window in to the aimless lives of a young man and his uncle, shot against the strikingly bleak backdrop of a wintery Istanbul.

Although the weight of circumstance and environment is considerable for the characters involved, the screenplay manages to tap in to our collective need to belong and does so by never striving to present 'likeable' characters or an eventful narrative. Choosing instead to shift focus on to the more universal nature of the human spirit (and the depths to which it can sink), the hopelessness that most of us have felt at one time or another is metaphorically realised within the cold, desolate and unforgiving landscape of a city not usually seen as such.

A somewhat lethargic but affecting observation on loneliness and the need for meaning in ones life, Uzak is a subtly poignant and sobering watch.