Sinan dreams of becoming a writer and after his studies he returns to the village where he grew up and settles once again with his mother, father and younger sister. It is with mixed feelings that Sinan meets his old friends, his family and the small village after time away. The relationship with the father becomes more and more strained partly because of his liabilities and gambling. At the same time Sinan is struggling to get his book published. The Wild Pear Tree is an intelligent and well-made story about parenting and responsibility. The film is filled with beautiful pictures and well-played conversations between the different characters. Most interesting is the tangled relationship between father and son. Although they both want each other well and have a lot in common, misunderstandings often cause them to hurt each other. This is the latest film from the Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan since his Palmd’Or winner Winter Sleep, which we screened at the festival in 2014. The film’s long running time may seem intimidating but the reward is great when it comes to Bilge Ceylan’s films. It’s a bit like reading a long novel.
– Karin Johansson