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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Critic Reviews for Üç Maymun (Three Monkeys)
Three Monkeys... is the latest eyeful from director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, one of a handful of international directors deserving of the title artist.
An elegant exercise with four characters trapped by class, guilt and greed.
There are enough ponderous moments that you may find yourself resisting the heavy mood.
The pace is deliberate, sometimes slow, but the whirlpool pull of this tragic psychological thriller is irresistible.
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.
Audience Reviews for Üç Maymun (Three Monkeys)
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.
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!
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.
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