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Once Upon A Time In Anatolia

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A police procedural that explores deeper truths

Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s sixth film is his best yet, a mysterious, metaphysical drama that uses the police procedural genre to explore deeper truths.

Set over one night and morning, it tracks a convoy of officials and two killers as they search for a corpse in the eerie wilderness of the Anatolian steppe.

Drowsily paced, exquisitely shot and featuring low-key bickering like a de-fizzed Tarantino, this masterful thriller evokes not so much Leone, as the title suggests, but rather arthouse heavyweights Tarkovsky and Antonioni.

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