Essay Rose Tinted Truth And Women Suppression

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Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
Rose-tinted Truth and Women Suppression

Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s masterpiece Once Upon a Time in Anatolia employs metaphysics to show the transformation of men upon truly discovering themselves. On the surface, it appears to be about the search for a dead body to incriminate a criminal. However, implicitly, it is about the men’s suppressed regret and melancholy, especially with respect to women, and the effect of those emotions on the psyche of the group over the period of the movie. Although women characters appear only rarely on the screen, their presence through a secondary medium (the men) is ubiquitous and influential.

The group of men consists of the police commissioner Naci, the prosecutor Nusret, the doctor Cemal (Muhammet Uzuner), the arrested suspect Kenan, some diggers and a few other police members. The viewers first see the group in a long shot that highlights the insignificance of the men in comparison to the world around them. Ceylan uses a wide-screen frame to pique the mystery associated with the characters in the story and to draw the viewers closer to the story. In order to maintain the inquisitiveness, Ceylan employs a long-shot to maintain their distance from the screen and also leaves them in the shadows in the initial shot.

Ceylan then jump cuts to a scene inside the car where the viewers are truly introduced to the travelers. The conversation between these men is shown to be about something as trivial as ‘yogurt’. The…

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