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Genre Drama
Running Time 150 min
MPAA rating Unrated
Release Date Jan 4, 2012
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Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da)

In the dead of night, a group of men - among them, a police commissioner, a prosecutor, a doctor and a murder suspect - drive through the Anatolian countryside, the serpentine roads and rolling hills lit only by the headlights of their cars. They are searching for a corpse, the victim of a brutal murder. The suspect, who claims he was drunk, can't remember where he buried the body. As night wears on, details about the murder emerge and the investigators own secrets come to light. In the Anatolian… Show more

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May 16, 2012 - Boston.com - By Wesley Morris, Globe Staff

Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia” is a movie with a grand title that at least implies you’re in for a long evening. It runs 157 minutes, and I can’t say you don’t feel them. You do — but in the way you would, reading a very good book in an uncomfortable chair. (My first enraptured encounter with it was in a virtually cushionless fold-out seat.) The first hour, if not more, is spent moseying with a police caravan down a lonely country road at night. The genre here is the procedural. Narratively, it’s a procession, the entire story marches toward its vague but satisfying conclusion.

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