2014 | Drama | 196 minutes | Turkish with English subtitles
As winter approaches, Aydin, a retired actor, stays in his hotel in remote Anatolia with his wife Nihal and sister Necla. As the first snowfall occurs, Aydin and Nihal’s marital issues begin to deteriorate. Meanwhile, Necla, recently divorced, fuels the contentious fire. With the arrival of the dark winter, the three characters begin to question their sanity and commitment to one another. Will they survive the winter without creating irreparable damage or will they simply be permanently incompatible?
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 87%
- Metacritic Score: 88
- Cannes Film Festival: Winner, Palme d’Or
Haifa International Film Festival: Winner, Golden Anchor Award
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The strength of WINTER SLEEP is not so much in what any of the characters say as much as what it needs to actually show, which is the way the most seemingly banal circumstances can throw you into a dark night of the soul. The film is a wide-awake despair so calamitous one has no choice but to make a companion of it.
Nuri Bilge Ceylan is at the peak of his powers with WINTER SLEEP, a richly engrossing and ravishingly beautiful magnum opus that surely qualifies as the least boring 196-minute movie ever made.
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