The Wild Pear Tree tells the tale of would-be-writer Sian who returns to his home town in Anatolia. Despite pouring heart and soul into accumulating the money he needs to get his work published, his father's debts catch up with him. As he struggles to repay the sums he owes, he watches helpless as his destiny swerves to mirror that of his father.
Nuri Bilge Ceylan's feature film continues the study of family ties and private lives that the director began in Winter Sleep, delving into the tormented soul of an artist in the throes of self-reflection, struggling to find meaning in the contradictions of life. In a series of heart-wrenching experiences, the director showcases a young man's battle with his feelings of guilt, and the differences he can't bring himself to admit exist.