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Three Thousand Years Of Longing Review; A Complex Tale Of Romance, Fantast & Tragedy

The George Miller-directed film is the ideal kind of story to lose oneself in, with its beautiful imagery and sound so reminiscent of Baz Luhrmann’s Red Curtain trilogy and early Tarsem Singh. 

This George Miller film is really unexpected! A Sufi paean to love with vivid colours, passion, joy, sorrow, incarceration, and freedom has been made by the Mad Max filmmaker. The Witches of Eastwick, Happy Feet, and Babe filmmaker, who has won an Academy Award, is 77 years old. His usual style is, nevertheless, to make films that are diverse.

Powered Tom Holkenborg, also known as Junkie XL, played the guitar riffs that sent flames flying in Mad Max: Fury Road. Three Thousand Years of Longing, a movie by George Miller, also has the music of the spheres.

The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye, a short tale by A. S. Byatt published in 1994, serves as the basis for the movie Alithea, starring Tilda Swinton, who travels to Istanbul for a conference. When Alithea cleans a bottle she discovered in the Grand Bazaar, she releases a Djinn (Idris Elba) in her hotel room. 

Alithea Binnie (Swinton), a narratology expert, mistakenly releases a Djinn while in Istanbul for business (Elba). The Djinn starts out by telling her about his life, which spans continents, centuries, and a number of failed relationships in an effort to gain her trust.

In this tale, the Djinn grants Alithea three wishes in exchange for her freedom. Alithea, who studies narrative and the science of storytelling as a narratologist, won’t have any of it. She tells the Djinn that all wish stories are cautionary tales, she tells the Djinn.

The two discuss tales and their backstories. While the Djinn was imprisoned in the bottle three times out of love, Alithea was a lonely young girl who made an imaginary playmate. Three times: once when the Queen of Sheba (Aamito Lagum) rejects King Solomon; once when a palace maid tries to win a prince’s affections, and once when a young wife (Burcu Gölgedar) tries to improve her situation by learning. 

Three Thousand Years of Longing examines myths and imagination through a contemporary prism, similar to Byatt’s novel. The movie gleefully dips into varied sources, including Geoffrey Chaucer, One Thousand and One Nights, and the tale of Cybele, the Anatolian mother goddess. 

After all, it is the narrative of stories. At the Pera Palace Hotel in Istanbul, Alithea stays in Room 411, the Agatha Christie room. According to legend, the popular detective book Murder on the Orient Express (1934) was written there by Agatha Christie. At the Tokatlian Hotel, you can experience Hercule Poirot-like luxury for about €500 per night. 

The genie in a bottle of today would have to be Albert Einstein on television, as the modern world coexists with folklore. Even though the Djinn promises Alithea he will adapt, the electromagnetic waves in the atmosphere caused by all of our equipment and appliances are not so healthy for the Djinn. 

The ideal kind of tale to lose oneself in is Three Thousand Years of Longing, with its exquisite visual and sound so reminiscent of Baz Luhrmann’s Red Curtain trilogy and early Tarsem Singh. The cherry on top is that it is a swoon-worthy romance that spans space and time. The perfect shot of Turkish coffee would be sinfully sweet and pitch-black. 

Right now, Three Thousand Years of Longing is playing in theaters. 

About Three Thousand Years Of Longing 

 Dr. Alithea Binnie (Tilda Swinton) is a creature of reason who is pleased with life. She meets a Djinn (Idris Elba) while attending a seminar in Istanbul, and he grants her three wishes in exchange for his freedom. There are two issues with this. She doesn’t believe he’s real, first of all, and secondly, she is well-versed in mythology and folklore, so she is aware of all the cautionary tales of wishes gone awry. The Djinn makes his case by regaling her with amazing tales from his earlier life. She eventually succumbs to the charm and grants a wish that both of them do not even expect.

  • Rating: R (Some Sexual Content|Graphic Nudity|Brief Violence)
  • Genre: Fantasy, Drama
  • Original Language: English
  • Director: George Miller
  • Producer: Doug Mitchell, George Miller
  • Writer: George Miller, Augusta Gore
  • Release Date (Theaters): Aug 26, 2022  Wide
  • Box Office (Gross USA): $2.9M
  • Runtime: 1h 48m
  • Distributor: United Artists Releasing
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Aspect Ratio: Scope (2.35:1)
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