Üç Maymun (Three Monkeys) (2008)



Critic Consensus: 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.

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Set in the areas of Istanbul rarely visited by foreigners, director Nuri Bilge Ceylan's strange detective story traces the journey of a family that is suddenly dislocated when minor shortcomings explode into exorbitant deceptions. Now their only hope of remaining together is to cover up the truth, but can ignoring the hardships and responsibilities that would be impossible to endure ever really invalidate the existence of the truth?
Art House & International , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Ercan Kesal
as Servet
Rifat Sungar
as Ismail
Cafer Köse
as Bayram
Gürkan Aydin
as The Child
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Critic Reviews for Üç Maymun (Three Monkeys)

All Critics (58) | Top Critics (17)

Three Monkeys... is the latest eyeful from director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, one of a handful of international directors deserving of the title artist.

July 17, 2009
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

An elegant exercise with four characters trapped by class, guilt and greed.

Full Review… | July 16, 2009
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

There are enough ponderous moments that you may find yourself resisting the heavy mood.

Full Review… | June 25, 2009
San Francisco Chronicle
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The pace is deliberate, sometimes slow, but the whirlpool pull of this tragic psychological thriller is irresistible.

Full Review… | May 22, 2009
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

This is powerful filmmaking for discerning viewers.

Full Review… | May 1, 2009
New York Post
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With Three Monkeys, Nuri Bilge Ceylan trains his cool, detached sensibility on a ripe and pulpy melodrama that might have originated in a James M. Cain novel.

April 30, 2009
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Üç Maymun (Three Monkeys)

Ceylan only seems to confirm the reservations that I had about his previous film, as he goes even further than before aesthetically with a splendid cinematography but employs his pretentious, self-indulgent direction in behalf of an empty story that has nothing to say.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Found out after wasting my money on a rental that I actually had already seen this film during the Film Festival. It is a wonderful concept and it is well executed. Good on you Turkish film industry!

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


Not as intense as 'Climates' but still filmed with an exquisite painterly eye. The routine plot is shaken alive by two striking scenes which left me gasping and add a star to the score alone - I won't spoil the surprise by saying any more.

Gordon Anderson
Gordon Anderson

Super Reviewer

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