Nuri Bilge Ceylan • Turkey • 2006 • A crowning achievement by a contemporary master.
Isa and Bahar have been together for a while. Holidaying by the seaside, the weight of their history is felt in their silences, in stolen glances. Isa has been secretly seeing another woman, and Bahar knows it. At dinner they drink too much wine, and Bahar returns to Istanbul, alone. Fall arrives, then winter—Bahar takes a job on a film set. Isa visits her, to apologize. But it is too late.
Starring the director and his wife and frequent collaborator Ebru Ceylan in acting roles, Climates plumbs the existential mysteries of its characters through durational aesthetics, enveloping the spectator in a heightened sensorial realm. The fourth film from Palme d’Or-winning Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Winter Sleep) premiered at BFI London, Mar del Plata; Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, where it won Best Director; and Cannes, where it won the FIPRESCI Prize. Climates is a New York Times Critic’s Pick.