Once Upon a Time In Anatolia

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Firat Tanis in Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

Firat Tanis in Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

One of those mysteriously overpraised Cannes titles that reveals a massive disconnect between critical interest and popular satisfaction, Nuri Bilge Ceylan's dull-as-dirt police procedural spends nearly an hour driving through the low-lit Turkish countryside looking for a corpse. Officers pass the time with sub-Tarantino banter, jawing their way toward a delayed revelation that says nothing new about the nature of crime. Like Romania's bottom-heavy Police, Adjective, this requires way too much from its audience for a payback that's unsatisfying.—JR

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New York Film Festival 2011

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