The Wild Pear Tree
Sinan returns from his studies to his parents’ home in the small rural town of Çan. He hopes to publish a book of essays and short stories (or what he describes as a “quirky auto-fiction meta-novel”). But his teacher father Idris is addicted to gambling, reducing his mother and sister to poverty. Sinan, with his writing dreams, worrying that he will have to go and teaching in the remote East, wanders around town, visiting his grandparents, encountering old friends, all the while looking for funding for his book. This gorgeous film poses thoughtful, engaging questions about life in modern Turkey -- and the rest of the world.
- Gentle, humane, beautifully made and magnificently acted movie - The Guardian (5 stars)
- A big, bold masterpiece… his greatest work to date - Little White Lies