Iklimler (Climates). 2006. Turkey/France. Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan. In Turkish; English subtitles. 101 min.
Screenplay by Nuri Bilge Ceylan. With Mehmet Eryilmaz. A master of widescreen composition, Ceylan smoothly conjugates vast, craggy landscapes and all-too-intimate domestic interiors in this study of a toxic but stubbornly persistent relationship. Ceylan and his wife, Ebru Ceylan, offer unsparing portrayals of the central couple, a desiccated, massively self-involved Istanbul academic and his possessively romantic partner, an art director for a turgid television series. Ceylan employs extended silences and achingly empty spaces to evoke the contradictory feelings that bind the pair in a permanent dance of rupture and reunion.