The audience who saw Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Climates at the New York Film Festival greeted his film with stunned silence. Ceylan’s approach seems to have that effect on people. His previous film Distant (which would have been an equally apt title for this movie about an estranged couple) was a festival fave. This one’s about a couple in a fog of malaise who we meet as their relationship is gasping for air by the Turkish seaside.
After their break up, Isa (played by director Ceylan who has an engaging Robert Downey Jr. quality to him) drifts back into bachelorhood — a swirl of self-reflective torpor interrupted by the occasional burst of sexual dalliance, rather than the fleeting decadence most movies made west of Istanbul would have you believe in. Personally, I find Ceylan’s vision infinitely more recognizable. This is a film about people who worry their lives rather than live them. Opens October 27 at Film Forum