DVD/Blu-ray: Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (15)


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Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Cannes winner is not a homage to Sergio Leone, but a thoughtful, hypnotic exploration of middle-aged disenchantment.

The principal characters – an analytical doctor, a weary police chief and a vain prosecutor – scour the Anatolian countryside for a body, accompanied by a gaggle of podgy cops and the spectral-looking suspect. Very little actually happens, the conversations are often banal, and yet every scene is unforgettable. A remarkable experience.