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This is a movie within movie, which is almost recursive, i.e., the movie inside looks like director Ceylan's previous movie, Kasaba. It is about the movie director, Muzaffer, going back to ... See full summary »
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
"Three Monkeys " is a special film. It is unique and authentic despite the fact that it is built on the common cultural heritage of humanity. In the simplest words this film is about being human. It successfully reflects the reality of it. Director chose a family in a ghetto of Istanbul to reflect this state of humanity , in my belief to be able to reach the global starting with the local.
In terms of film grammar and narration he placed all of his references from film history, expertly, in all scenes of the film. Today, in the age of confusion, Three Monkeys leaves the spectators in the middle of their own confusion about being "good" or "evil". Of course it is not that easy to decide for the "good" or "evil" , so is in this film. At last, we are all human beings , let's think what would we do if we were in their shoes?
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