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About Dry Grasses (Kuru Otlar Üstüne)

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A young teacher hopes to be appointed to Istanbul after mandatory duty at a small village. After a long time waiting he loses all hope of escaping from this gloomy life. However, his colleague Nuray helps him to regain perspective.


  • Deniz Celiloglu
  • Merve Dizdar
  • Musab Ekici
  • Ece Bagci
  • Erdem Senocak
  • Yüksel Aksu
  • Münir Can Cindoruk
  • Onur Berk Arslanoglu
  • Yildirim Gücük
  • Cengiz Bozkurt

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Mar 1, 2024

There’s a profound, unresolvable melancholy to “About Dry Grasses” that’s hard to shake.

Jake Coyle
The Associated Press
Feb 23, 2024

We walk away from the film with a dark empathy for these people, and for ourselves.

Metacritic review by Bilge Ebiri
Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine (Vulture)
Feb 20, 2024

Veteran Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan returns to Anatolia, a place he previously explored in his Palme d’Or winner Winter Sleep, in About Dry Grasses. Although Winter Sleep is both more explicitly interested in exploring class dynamics in rural Turkey and more literary than About Dry Grasses (Winter Sleep is an Anton Chekhov adaptation), these two stories could be taking place side by side.

Katarina Docalovich
Paste Magazine