Once Upon a Time in Anatolia House of Pleasures Nuri Bilge Ceylan, of Turkey, is an exceptional writer-director, deeply serious and with the gifts to be so. The two earlier films of his that I have seen, Distant and Climates, though immediately engaging in their characters and stories, soon showed that Ceylan was using them as a means of depicting the society in which they took place—modern Turkey. Essentially he wanted us to breathe the air his people breathed. Ceylan is also a talented actor: he played the leading role in Climates with distinction. But he does not appear in his new film.