It doesn’t always take action to advance the plot. Skillfully orchestrated through carefully composed cinematography and seemingly mindless casual dialogue, Anatolia reveals a compelling crime narrative without ever venturing into straight up generic territory. A film that refuses to be defined by so careless a terminology, Anatolia is as much a thriller as it is a humanist drama and a photographic portrait of the Anatolian steppes. TJ
In the rural area around the Anatolian town of Keskin, the local prosecutor, police commissar and Doctor Cemal are leading a search for a victim of a murder that a suspect named Kenan and his mentally challenged brother confessed to. However, that search is proving more difficult than expected as Kenan is fuzzy as to the body's exact location. As the group continues looking, they can't help but chat amongst themselves about both trivia and their deepest concerns in an investigation that is proving more trying than any of them expected.