The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat Agaci)

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Sinan returns from his studies in the city of Çanakkale to his parents' home in the small rural town of Çan. He hopes to publish a book of essays and short stories. But his teacher father Idris is an addictive gambler, so much so that his mother and sister have become reluctantly accustomed to making do without food or electricity. So Sinan, with his writing dreams, worrying that he will be reduced, after army service, to teaching in the remote East, wanders around town, visiting his grandparents, encountering old friends, all the while looking for funding for his book.


  • Dogu Demirkol
  • Murat Cemcir
  • Bennu Yildirimlar
  • Hazar Ergüçlü
  • Serkan Keskin
  • Tamer Levent
  • Öner Erkan
  • Ahmet Rifat Sungar
  • Akin Aksu
  • Kubilay Tunçer

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  • Shot in 3.5 months.
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May 24, 2018

In his 2014 Palme d’Or winner, Ceylan unpacked thorny issues of ethics and morality with a surgeon’s steady patience; he employs a similar approach here, only the territory is much less fertile.

Metacritic review by Ben Croll
Ben Croll
May 19, 2018

Slow and surprisingly talky, the three hours of the film do not exactly fly by, and the experience is similar to plunging into a long novel (the hero is a budding novelist) laced with philosophy, religion, politics and moral puzzles. The final sequences are worth the wait, though, bringing together the story’s many threads and offering the classic closure of a young man coming to terms with his identity.

Metacritic review by Deborah Young
Deborah Young
The Hollywood Reporter
May 19, 2018

Ceylan’s script reveals a stagnating provincial world, characters all handling their thwarted hopes and inevitable resignations in their own way.

Dan Fainaru
Screen Daily