Three Monkeys

2008, Drama, 1h 49m

62 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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Exploring the effects of a family's dealings with an underhanded politician, this crime drama avoids showing the violent outcomes of its characters' misdeeds, resulting in a lingeringly potent film. Read critic reviews

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Eyup (Yavuz Bingol), the patriarch of a poor Turkish family, works for wealthy businessman Servet (Ercan Kesal). One fateful day while driving his car, Servet accidentally kills a pedestrian. He offers Eyup a big payoff to assume responsibility for the accident, which the poor man accepts. But a growing relationship between Servet and Eyup's wife, Hacer (Hatice Aslan), plus the suspicions of Eyup's son, Ismail (Rifat Sungar), threaten to tear the family apart despite their newfound wealth.

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  • Apr 25, 2015
    Ceylan only seems to confirm the reservations I had about his previous film, as he goes even further than before in terms of aesthetics with a splendid cinematography but employs his pretentious, self-indulgent direction in behalf of an empty story that has nothing to say.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 22, 2013
    Lack of communication is the principal enemy in a disintegrated family. It is basically an open door for every possible outcome to worsen. Given the minimalist scope of Ceylan, and the grim atmosphere of the scenarios, it may not be so surprising that things will turn out badly. Yet, it is the act of "getting there" the one that counts in this expertly shot experience. It is rare to see a male director tackle family relationships and the bonds of acquaintances with such emotional precision while being as impactful and disturbing as Haneke whenever he feels it is necessary. <i>Üç Maymun</i> is a wonderful work that gave Ceylan a Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Director. 92/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 04, 2009
    Ceylan creates moments of mesmerizing visual composition in a film that although it does not seem significant, you grow fond of it. Photography and score are excellent and the actors are very expresssive even when they are not talking.
    Nicolas K Super Reviewer
  • Aug 14, 2009
    Quite interesting at first, but with the little progress the characters make, and the extremely slow pace, it just lost me at some point...
    a z Super Reviewer

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