The main character of Winter Sleep directed by Nun Bilgie Ceylan (Turkey/France/Germany) 2014 writes articles for a local paper. However his own life and his relationships are sharply at odds with his public persona.
He operates a hotel that caters to international travelers and owns other properties inherited from his parents. He is insensitive to the sufferings of those less fortunate and unconcerned about the inadequacies of the political system.
However, the most troubling interchanges are with those closest to him, mainly his sister who’s been residing in the hotel since her divorce, and his young wife whose dignity he undermines by an arrogant and selfish attitude.
The film had its only theatrical screening in the US during the recently concluded San Francisco International Film Festival 58 on the day it was released commercially on DVD.
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