A follow-up to his Palme d’Or winning Winter Sleep (2014) The Wild Pear Tree is another masterly, visually rich, family drama from Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan.
Sinan (Aydin Doğu Demirkol) is a recent graduate set to become a primary school teacher, but his true ambition is to publish his book, The Wild Pear Tree, set in his hometown of Çan. This small rural village in the northwest of the country provides the beautiful setting for the film, when Sinan returns to his family home after term ends. Here, he clashes with his debt-laden father Idris (Murat Cemcir), whose precarious financial situation threatens to engulf the younger man’s ambitions.
Unfolding at a gentle, unhurried pace, The Wild Pear Tree is a hypnotic and affecting, bittersweet portrait of family life from a director at the height of his powers.
“Gentle, humane, beautifully made and magnificently acted” Peter Bradshaw THE GUARDIAN