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This chilly, poetic and deeply melancholy portrait of the deteriorating relationship between an academic (Isa) and an art director (Bahar), played by the director and his wife (Ebru Ceylan), is “the work of a film-maker who” had, by this point in his career, “established absolute mastery over his cinematic idiom” (Peter Bradshaw).

Journeying across various evocative and haunting landscapes from Istanbul to the snowy eastern provinces of Turkey, this forensic pursuit of the end of a love affair is a typically family concern with Isa’s parents played by those of the director.