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The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat agaci) (2019)



Critic Consensus: The Wild Pear Tree uses a young man's post-graduation experience to pose thoughtful, engaging questions about life in modern Turkey -- and the rest of the world.

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Sinan (Aydin Doğu Demirkol), an aspiring writer, returns home after university hoping to scrape together enough money to publish his first novel. He wanders the town encountering old flames and obstinate gatekeepers and finds his youthful ambition increasingly at odds with the deferred dreams of his gambling-addict father (Murat Cemcir). As his own fantasies mingle with reality, Sinan grapples with the people and the place that have made him who he is.

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Dogu Demirkol
as Sinan Karasu
Murat Cemcir
as Idris Karasu
Bennu Yildirimlar
as Asuman Karasu
Serkan Keskin
as Suleyman
Tamer Levent
as Grandfather Recep
Öner Erkan
as Imam Nazmi
Akin Aksu
as Imam Veysel
Kadir Cermik
as Mayor Adnan
Özay Fecht
as Grandmother Hayriye
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"The Wild Pear Tree" wends its patient, intelligent way toward a rapprochement between the generations, an acceptance of the past and the land, and a weary wising-up of its central figure.

April 10, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
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The progression of the conversations goes a long way in making Wild Pear Tree feel like an epic; the accumulation of ideas feels downright monumental.

February 28, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

I can't wait to see it again.

February 21, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Cemcir's performance, suffused with a kind of wily, defiant grace, has an emotional depth that makes this movie's spirit not just heavy and somber, but also curiously forgiving.

February 7, 2019 | Full Review…

The unapologetic, sometimes heavy-handed literariness of "The Wild Pear Tree" is leavened by hints of grim comedy and sharp, if subtle, social criticism.

January 29, 2019 | Full Review…

[A]t its best, The Wild Pear Tree captures not just the feeling, but also the process of coming to terms with one's place in society-and that, if nothing else, requires patience.

January 28, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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