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Three monkeys

DVD - 2009 | Turkish
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Opens with an ambitious politician fleeing a hit-and-run accident in the dead of night. Afraid of hurting his election chances, he pays off his chauffeur Eyüp to take the rap. While Eyüp stews in jail, this devil's bargain takes its toll on his brooding son Ismail and restless wife Hacer, who falls into an illicit affair with the politician. Ismail's discovery of his mother's infidelity and Eyüp's suspicions after he gets out of jail crank up the simmering tensions in a household already haunted by hidden ghosts

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avisualfeel Aug 10, 2015

Great film about betrayal. This director certainly has a unique voice of his own. His work is influenced by Chekhov & Dostoyevsky. His pacing is fantastic. His use of sound is impressive- doesnt need to rely on sound tracks to create convincing moods. I'd put him up there w all the great directors of all time: Kurosawa, Godard, S.Ray, N.Ray, Fellini, Kubrick...etc.

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Nursebob
Dec 27, 2014

As the story opens we see a lone man driving his car down a deserted country road late at night. As his car recedes into the distance we hear a sudden squeal of brakes....he has hit and killed a pedestrian. It turns out the driver is an aspiring politician facing a crucial election and news of this mishap will certainly end his career. He convinces his chauffeur, Eyup, to take the rap, promising to support the man’s wife and son while he’s in jail, and paying him a larger sum upon his release from prison. Eyup’s decision has unforeseen consequences on his family. During the nine months he’s incarcerated his son drifts into delinquency and his wife has an affair...with the politician. Ceylan’s painterly rumination on the subjective nature of “right vs. wrong” is anything but subtle...winds howl, thunder crashes, and even a novelty ringtone provides the voice of divine judgement. His characters exist in a moral vacuum and no matter how many times they are doused with water they remain unclean. Like the three monkeys of the title they will not face the corruption which permeates their world, nor even speak its name. In keeping with the film’s operatic appearance Ceylan makes clever use of visuals and sound....more than once we see the image of ships gathered around a lighthouse and in another scene the son angrily confronts his mother about her adultery (without actually saying it) while in the distance we hear the Moslem call to prayer borne faintly upon the wind. While the action may drag a bit towards the end Ceylan has one more trick up his sleeve. In one masterstroke he brings all the elements of the movie together for a finale that is surely one of the most magnificent closing scenes I’ve ever witnessed.

voisjoe1 Mar 24, 2012

Nuri Bilge Ceylan, the director of Three Monkeys, portrays the relationships of a troubled family often depicting them against the beautiful waterfront background of Turkey. He adds a new dimensions in this film, film noir. There are similarities to Double Indemnity and The Postman Always Rings Twice. He often portrays the characters in silhouette, like in The Night of the Hunter, perhaps to allow the viewer to imagine the motivations and feelings of the characters. Ceylan only makes deeply thought out films to make the film audience think deeply, if they so wish.

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