Aydın was a bad husband and a bad brother. The character introduces himself progressively when he talks. The dialogues fit his mouth so perfectly that people are convinced they are the real persons when talking. Nihal, whose anger pours out of her glances, the Sister, who wants what she wants to believe to be the subject of philosophical discussion, and the underdeveloped intellectual of an underdeveloped country, "Aydın". So real characters are they that you feel stuck in the middle of a discussion in your sitting room.
So superficially does Aydın look into the events around him that we can precisely perceive the meaning of the name "Winter Sleep". At this very point, "Winter Sleep turns into a merciless movie that makes the intellectuals of our country self-criticize. “Winter Sleep" has possibly been the top dialogue heavy movie of Nuri Bilge Ceylan on which the debates have been established with Ebru Ceylan. Ebru Ceylan is talking about these debates in many places without hesitation.
The movie somewhat exceeds the supposed distinctive life of Aydın with that İlyas, son of Aydın tenants who has not paid the rent for a long time, breaks the glass of Aydın's car to react to the injustices- which an enforcement notice was sent to their house- done to his family. The question that no one dares to answer arises in this way, "Why did this boy break this glass". İlyas' uncle, an imam, is afraid, Nihal is afraid, everybody around him is afraid to say the king is naked. Only İlyas and his father have no fear. The father takes his courage from alcohol and the boy from his innocence.
All of the adults who have lost their naturality and sincerity along with their own values cannot face themselves until the end of the film, however, they partially open their eyes towards the end of the movie, but nobody wakes up. In the final, "Aydın” starts with a clean state and writes the title "History of Turkish Theatre", this play seems to leave the audience with impression of a history of the theatre that the intellectuals in Turkey that could not become intellectual play.
Nuri Bilge Ceylan, the master of metaphorical expression, gave Othello as the name of Aydın's hotel, one cannot help thinking if he made a reference to Othello, by Shakespeare, who has an unhappy marriage. Actually, every scene of the movie harbours a metaphor separately in itself. They cannot be explained separately but I recommend you to watch the movie a few times if you can show patience. It will be possible to discover new things in every view of the movie as in every Nuri Bilge Ceylan movie.