Aydin is a failed former actor, who now runs a beautiful yet quant hotel in central Anatolia thanks to his sufficient inheritance. Necla, Aydin's sister, currently lives at the hotel as well, suffering from a recent divorce she is able to find solace in these walls that bring her back to an earlier, happier time in her life. Enjoying a prosperous life, with income derived from various sources including rented property, Aydin seems to be a man of great character and principle but as winter comes and the snow begins to fall, it becomes apparent that Aydin's life is in full of empty conceits. Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Winter Sleep a impressive character study of a man whose own ego and intellectualism has led him down a destructive path. Ceylan has created a rather seething commentary on Intellectuals and Elitists in modern society, with Aydin being a well-intentioned man who substitutes talk for action. Aydin is an intelligent man without question, but his wealth and influence have given him this perceived authority to instruct and influence everyone around him. Ayran intrudes not only on his tenants but also on his wife, Nihal, who has become completely disenchanted by Aydin's constant prodding. The brutal taming of the horse sequence in the film perfectly symbolizes their relationship, with Nihal being nothing more but a decorative item for Aydin, given no true rights or freedom's away from Aydin's influence. His intellectualism is completely self-serving, with Aydin's intentions never aimed at making any type of difference, not showing any empathy for those less fortunate. While the running time is sure to alienate some viewers from seeking out the film, Ceylan's Winter Sleep is a stellar piece of filmmaking that is both grand and intimate in its examinations of humanity.
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