The Wild Pear Tree
A young graduate in Turkey searches for his footing.
Though this slow-moving new drama from Turkey requires patience, “it’s time and brainpower very well spent,” said Peter Howell in the Toronto Star. Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan needs three hours to relate a quiet tale about an aimless college graduate, but the movie eventually coalesces into a brilliant meditation on the gap between youthful dreams and reality. Aydin Dogu Demirkol plays Sinan, a young man who’s written an unpublished novel but has yet to find steady work as he ambles around his hometown, near the site of ancient Troy. “Nobody could accuse this film of blossoming with plot,” said Anthony Lane in The New Yorker. Sinan chats up a famous local author. He catches two imams stealing apples. He hides in the belly of a Trojan horse replica. Though we glimpse the changes roiling Turkey—an old friend of Sinan’s has joined the riot police—we rarely escape this prickly protagonist’s head. His father looms large, said Deborah Young in The Hollywood Reporter. A hapless compulsive gambler who has failed to adapt to change, Sinan’s dad “seems to represent much more than himself.” Will Sinan follow in his father’s pitiable footsteps? For Sinan and many young Turks, the future remains “an out-of-focus question mark.” ■