Turkey's 'Climates' conveys its message well. Taking its time to unfold like many foreign movies, the film nevertheless has quiet, authentic power. Writer/director Nuri Bilge Ceylan stars as Isla, a man who has an on-again, off-again relationship with Bahar (played with real and rounded emotion by his real wife Ebru Ceylan). He's a professor of architecture in Istanbul, and she's a TV series star. (He focuses upon the ancient ruins, and she has a very modern role in an emerging feminist way.) He tries to woo her as she flees from him, seeming to be miserable in his company. Much of the film shows her looking at Isla with the camera out of focus. She seems to have to rely on herself for happiness that often eludes her grasp. He's middle aged, and she's merely a mature adult. After they fight during dinner at a friend's house, they decide to separate. Then, he constantly comes back to her looking for some sort of reconciliation as she listens with a far away look in her eyes.
'Climates' is one of the many foreign movies that requires patience from its audience. The revelations are subtle, but the performances are convincing with actors who show great emotions boiling below the surface. One key lovemaking scene explains much as it shows a confrontation that is sickening to watch, but it says a great deal about Isla, who amidst his culture mirrored by his colleague friend, regard women like possessions. Watching Bahar's transformation between joy and sadness is the the real revelation; one that makes a serious statement about the difference between real love and possessive infatuation. The acting is excellent, revealing a great deal about men and women with evolving roles in a world growing out of the ruins of ancient culture.