Iklimler (or Climates) is written by, directed by and stars Nuri Bilge Ceylan as a college professor Isa, whose relationship with TV art director Bahar is crumbling. A bleak and emotional tale, it's beautifully shot on location in Turkey.
The climates in question are those that the two travel through together, from the heat of the summer to a snowy blizzard. The movie weaves together scenes of tormented faces with striking vistas, as befits the work of a photographer-turned-director.
The couple are from Istanbul, which we see in some street scenes, but the more interesting shots are out of the capital city. Isa is passionate about antiquities, and the movie starts among the columns of an archaeological site, which turns out to be the Temple of Artemis at Sardis. We first see Bahar's face as she leans against a temple column crying.
From there the couple travel to Kas, a small resort on the Mediterranean. It's on the beach there that the relationship comes to an end, and on the winding roads nearby that Bahar forces Isa off his moped.
However, my favorite shot is towards the end. Isa pursues Bahar to the snowy town of Agri, and takes a detour by taxi on his return to the airport. He stops to look out over the 17th-century palace of Ishak Pasha near the town of Dogubayazit.
It's a breathtaking view, with dramatic snow-capped mountains all around it.
I'm not sure if Iklimler would be everyone's cup of tea. One reviewer remarks on its 'glacial pacing', and I have to admit I did fast-forward a couple of times. But it scores 71% at Rotten Tomatoes, which is no mean feat. And it offers a rare chance to explore Turkey, which is also well worth doing. – Roshan McArthur