A prominent politician nods off at the wheel one night, kills a pedestrian on a lonely country road, and persuades his usual chauffeur to take the rap, promising him a big payoff when he gets out of prison. While the chauffeur is doing time his sexy wife runs into trouble with their teenage son and appeals to the politician for an advance on the payment, but he has another sort of deal in mind. This moody Turkish drama by Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Climates, Distant) strikes an impressive balance between the gathering tension of its noirish plot and the philosophical implications of the characters' compromises. That balance slips in a morose and dreadfully lethargic third act, but before Ceylan goes all Kiarostami on us this is a substantial European entry in a genre that American filmmakers can't seem to master anymore. In Turkish with subtitles. 109 min.
Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Writer: Ebru Ceylan, Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Ercan Kesal
Producer: Zeynep Özbatur
Cast: Yavuz Bingol, Hatice Aslan, Rifat Sungar, Ercan Kesal and Cafer Köse