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Three Thousand Years of Longing

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Dr Alithea Binnie (Tilda Swinton) is an academic - content with life and a creature of reason. While in Istanbul attending a conference, she happens to encounter a Djinn (Idris Elba) who offers her three wishes in exchange for his freedom.

This presents two problems. First, she doubts that he is real and second, because she is a scholar of story and mythology, she knows all the cautionary tales of wishes gone wrong. The Djinn pleads his case by telling her fantastical stories of his past. Eventually she is beguiled and makes a wish that surprises them both.


  • Idris Elba
  • Tilda Swinton
  • Nicolas Mouawad
  • Megan Gale
  • Alyla Browne
  • Kaan Guldur
  • Berk Ozturk
  • Aska Karem

Atom User Reviews

3.7 out of 5
Verified Review

Definitely a must see if you like fantasy and reality rolled into one…acting was awesome…flows well and was a nice break from the real world!

Lou M
Verified Review

Beautifully written, directed, acted, and shot. Not for everyone. If you like narrative storytelling, then you'll like this.

Chris C


Aug 22, 2022

George Miller’s film is a passionate exploration of how image-making is inextricable from storytelling.

Metacritic review by Derek Smith
Derek Smith
Slant Magazine
Aug 18, 2022

Miller’s film, based on an A.S. Byatt short story, is long and feels incomplete, weighty without much psychological or intellectual heft, colorful but rarely dazzling and never whimsical enough.

Metacritic review by Roger Moore
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
May 20, 2022

These days, audiences are so savvy about the tricks at a filmmaker’s disposal that the movie’s greatest achievement is that it seizes our imagination (or perhaps that’s our attention deficit disorder being so brusquely manhandled) and holds it for the better part of two hours, defying us to anticipate what comes next.

Metacritic review by Peter Debruge
Peter Debruge