Winter Sleep: Synopsis and Movie Review [WATCH VIDEO]

By Hannah Aven Guarin | 2 years ago
Winter Sleep: Synopsis and Movie Review [WATCH VIDEO]

“Winter Sleep” is a drama film directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan. It is also written by Nuri himself along with his wife Ebru. Some of the cast members include Haluk Bilginer (Aydin), Demet Akbag (Necla), Melisa Sözen (Nihal), Nejat Isler (Ismail), Serhat Mustafa Kiliç (Hamdi), Emirhan Doruktutan (Ilyas) and Ayberk Pekcan (Hidayet). It is a three-hour film which has won the Palme d’Or and the International Federation of Film Critics or Fipresci Award in the 67th Cannes Film Festival. Read on to learn more about it here on Movie News Guide’s (MNG) “Winter Sleep” Synopsis and movie review.

“Winter Sleep” Synopsis:


Aydin was a retired actor who writes a column for the local newspaper “Voices of Steppe” and plans to get his book about Turkish theatre published someday. He had a wife, Nihal, who was much younger than him. His sister, Necla, has just recently been granted with divorce and was living with them in the hotel. Aydin was an incredibly affluent man who liked to play god.  He owned a number of neighbouring houses and businesses.

He might have all that he needed materially, but his relationship with his wife, sister and other people described what kind of man he was. He was full of himself and in fact complacent and indifferent with the conditions of the people around him.

Down the hill, Ilyas threw a rock into a truck’s window. Ismail, his father, came and his argument with the driver ended up in a physical confrontation. Aydin, on the other hand, who had witnessed what happened was just watching. Hamdi, Ismail’s imam brother, took Ilyas along with him to explain about the glass-breaking event.

Nihal realised that she married an unbearable man. To save his marriage, Aydin decided to retire and live in Istanbul for the winter.

“Winter Sleep” Review:

Variety’s Justin Chang mentioned in his review of the award-winning film not to be intimidated with its long running time for Ceylan’s masterpiece was a “richly engrossing experience.”

Robbie Collin of The Telegraph described the film as beautiful and bold which focused on the failing marriage in a mountaintop. Collin even compared the film to “The Shining,” minus the axe and ghosts.

There you have it for the “Winter Sleep” synopsis and review. Stay tuned here on Movie News Guide (MNG) for more news and updates about your favourite celebrities, movies and TV shows including spoilers, episode recaps, gossips, reviews and other entertainment news.

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