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Three Monkeys (2008)

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Unrated | | Drama | 24 October 2008 (Turkey)
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A family suffers from a major communication breakdown during their struggle to get through their hardships.



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Cast overview:
Eyüp (as Yavuz Bingöl)
Ercan Kesal ...
Cafer Köse ...
Gürkan Aydin ...


Near the Bosporus, Eyüp and Hacer live in a modest flat with their son Ismail, in his twenties, who's doing poorly in his studies. Few words pass between them, and a past family tragedy brings sorrow daily. On a rainy night, Eyüp's boss Servet, a wealthy businessman who's entering politics, hits a pedestrian on a lonely road. He drives off and offers money to Eyüp if Eyüp will take the fall - probably a six-month sentence. Eyüp agrees, and while he's in prison, Ismail wants his mother to ask Servet for enough money to buy a car. Servet, in turn, desires Hacer. How can this play out? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

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Three Monkeys  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,045 (USA) (27 March 2009)


$41,343 (USA) (17 July 2009)

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2.35 : 1
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Turkey's 2009 Academy Awards official submission to Foreign-Language Film category. See more »


Ismail's safety belt fastened on and off at consecutive cuts,while he is driving his father back from the prison. See more »

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One of the best Turkish movies to come out in years
14 November 2008 | by (Turkey) – See all my reviews

Although it can be argued that its local touches can be appreciated more fully by Turkish audiences, "3 Monkeys" is a film that can definitely appeal to all film-lovers all over the world. It is a human drama, centered around the family of a fall-guy for a small-time politician. It is also a story of betrayal, longings and revenge. No shot is "left there" just for the effect. Even while you are watching someone walk under a train crossing, you find yourself thinking about what she might be feeling, thinking, not because you force yourself to, but because the film successfully makes you. Visuals are great, as always is with Ceylan, but this time they are superior, and the film, with both its screenplay and visuals has a black-and-white feeling, although it is not a black-and-white picture. At the end, you find yourself wondering who the "three wise monkeys" really are. Is it the family of 3, whose members have different agendas and do not want to see or hear or tell, or is it us, for knowing, but not wanting to know about all this human drama and social corruption? I hope "3 Monkeys" can gain international distribution besides film festivals and be given a chance to be appreciated by everyone.

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