Aydin is a former thespian who moves from Istanbul to the stunning, yet dirt-poor Cappadocia in Central Anatolia with his beautiful, young, deeply unhappy wife Nihal and his recently divorced, lethargic sister Necla, to run his deceased father’s tourist hotel. It’s called ‘Othello’ after Shakespeare’s play.
The self-satisfied intellectual says he wants to write a history of Turkish theatre, but his scribbles are nothing more than personal columns for the local rag in which he berates everyone. The rest of his time is spent on interminable discussions with Nihal, Necla, hotel staff and people in the neighbourhood who owe him rent.
The Chekhov-inspired character study Winter Sleep lasts 196 minutes; most scenes never seem to end. Nothing moral, ethical or emotional remains uncovered. Every time you think things couldn’t get worse, they do. And relations fray some more.