On Boredom in Winter Sleep

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In this work, we focus on the film Winter Sleep (2014) by Nuri Bilge Ceylan,
whose works place special emphasis on various aspects of boredom. As one of the main figures in slow cinema, Ceylan, in this influential work of art, enable us to explore boredom through three main characters: Aydın (Haluk Bilginer), Nihal (Melisa Sözen) and Necla (Demet Akbağ). By taking a closer look at the film, we analyze both symbolism and the behavioral side of boredom as well as how the main characters, in our view, experience and represent distinct types of boredom. In this framework, we examine the issue of boredom and, sometimes, related despair as a result of social change. At the same time, this work partly concentrates on aspects of the socio-cultural structure of Turkey via the analysis of the main characters’ suffering.


  • Elif Gezgin
  • Argun Abrek Canbolat
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Social Sciences


  • Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Winter Sleep, boredom, philosophy of boredom, Turkish cinema, modernization in Turkey, sociology of film, slow cinema
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-85
Number of pages17
JournalTrakya University Journal of Faculty of Letters (TUJFL)
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jul 31
Publication categoryResearch