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Director:
Writers:
Ebru Ceylan (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
3 October 2008 (Taiwan) See more »
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Plot:
A family suffers from a major communication breakdown during their struggle to get through their hardships. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
7 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Masterful visuals in a family tragedy See more (37 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Yavuz Bingol ... Eyüp (as Yavuz Bingöl)
Hatice Aslan ... Hacer

Ahmet Rifat Sungar ... Ismail
Ercan Kesal ... Servet
Cafer Köse ... Bayram
Gürkan Aydin ... Cocuk
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Directed by
Nuri Bilge Ceylan 
 
Writing credits
Ebru Ceylan (screenplay) &
Ercan Kesal (screenplay) &
Nuri Bilge Ceylan (screenplay)

Produced by
Nuri Bilge Ceylan .... co-producer
Valerio De Paolis .... co-producer
Cemal Noyan .... co-producer
Zeynep Ozbatur Atakan .... producer (as Zeynep Özbatur)
Fabienne Vonier .... co-producer
 
Cinematography by
Gökhan Tiryaki (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Nuri Bilge Ceylan 
Ayhan Ergürsel 
Bora Göksingöl 
 
Casting by
Harika Uygur  (as Harika Uygur Ülkü)
 
Art Direction by
Ebru Ceylan 
 
Makeup Department
Gülcan Bayar Öge .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ayhan Ergürsel .... third assistant director
Eser Erzurum .... second assistant director
Ayla Karli .... first assistant director (as Ayla Karli Tezgören)
 
Art Department
Izel Altintas .... art department
Narin Deniz Erkan .... art department
Baris Matur .... set
Samet Orhan .... set
Yilmaz Yildirim .... set
 
Sound Department
Furkan Atli .... boom operator
Roberto Cappannelli .... sound re-recording mixer
Serkan Cetin .... foley recordist (as Serkan Çetin)
Mustafa Durma .... foley editor
Olivier Goinard .... sound mixer
Umut Senyol .... sound editor
Murat Senürkmez .... sound
Jack Stew .... foley artist
Burak Topalakci .... foley artist assistant (as Burak Topalakçi)
Mert Özer .... dubbing recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Kuban Altan .... transfer supervisor
Murat Aydin .... avid operator
Omer Serif Bilsel .... inferno visual effects (as Ömer Serif Bilsel)
Yaman Derbent .... inferno visual effects
Okan Duzalan .... inferno visual effects (as Okan Düzalan)
Alp Enuysal .... inferno visual effects
Bora Göksingöl .... avid nitris visual effects
Bora Göksingöl .... inferno effects supervisor
Bora Göksingöl .... inferno visual effects
Michael Harrison .... inferno visual effects
Nuri Memis .... avid technical support
Tijen Pal .... inferno effects coordinator
Daniel Sanders .... inferno visual effects
Bulent Tanoba .... film transfer
Ozgur Taparli .... film transfer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Altug Acar .... panther operator
Ismail Ay .... panther assistant
Mehmet Basbaran .... panther operator (as Mehmet Basaran)
Mustafa Cengiz .... camera maintenance
Salih Dikmen .... second assistant camera
Eser Erzurum .... behind the scenes camera
Eser Erzurum .... still photographer
Serkan Gulguler .... first assistant camera (as Serkan Gülgüler)
Serhat Ozcan .... lights (as Serhad Özcan)
Ahmet Seçkin .... panther assistant
Mucahit Vural .... lights (as Mücait Vural)
Aykut Çaylak .... panther assistant
Mehmet Ömür .... still photographer
Süleyman Öztürk .... lights
 
Editorial Department
Bülent Bayraktar .... trailer
Ayhan Ergürsel .... post-production assistant
Bora Göksingöl .... colorist
Bora Göksingöl .... on-line editor
Süleyman Göktas .... negative developer
Ersan Gümüs .... printing
Kenan Hürsan .... negative developer
Sinan Kiliç .... negative developer
Ayhan Kisa .... printing
Mustafa Koc .... printing (as Mustafa Koç)
Cengiz Koç .... negative developer
Yusuf Ozbek .... laboratory manager (as Yusuf Özbek)
Ilhan Ozkan .... negative developer (as Ilhan Özkan)
Hüseyin Sargin .... negative developer
Ferhat Temel .... trailer editor
Orhan Turgut .... negative developer
Aydin Yeniçeri .... negative developer
Serkan Yigitkoç .... negative developer
 
Music Department
Yildiz Tilbe .... phone music: Hacer
 
Transportation Department
Ahmet Akar .... transportation
Mücait Albayrak .... transportation
Özcan Asiltürk .... transportation
Kemal Yesim .... transportation: Zeyno Film
Aladdin Çay .... transportation
 
Other crew
Ebru Akin .... finance: Zeyno Film
Pelin Aksoy .... administrative coordinator: Sinefekt
Selin Arat .... international production coordinator
Çagri Erdogan .... production assistant
Eser Erzurum .... location manager
Valérie Farthouat .... overall office coordinator: Pyramide Productions
Vaira Giacconi .... office: BiM Distribuzione
Ilkay Bahar Köseoglu .... overall office coordinator: Zeyno Film
Philippe Leconte .... legal adviser: Pyramide Productions
Antonio Medici .... office: BiM Distribuzione
Ali Oyan .... accounting: Zeyno Film
Stéphane Parthenay .... international production coordinator
Yalçin Sen .... location manager
Yalçin Sen .... production assistant
Selen Tarim .... legal adviser: Zeyno Film
Arda Topaloglu .... production coordinator
Erdem Türkekul .... legal adviser: Zeyno Film
Lucy Wood .... subtitler
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Üç maymun" - Turkey (original title)
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Runtime:
109 min
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Trivia:
Yavuz Bingol, who plays the lead character Eyüp, is also a famous folk singer in Turkey.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Masterful visuals in a family tragedy, 28 November 2009
Author: timmy_501 from United States

The three monkeys in the title of this film refer to both the classic "See No Evil, Speak No Evil, Hear No Evil" maxim and to the compact family of three depicted in the film. These three characters are Eyup, his wife Hacer, and their son Ismail. Each of these people seem to live by the maxim of the monkeys so much that they hardly talk to each other at all. Events unfold with a tragic inevitability after Eyup agrees to confess to a crime committed by his boss Servet to shield him from political disgrace in exchange for a large payoff. The shattered family then attempts to go on about their lives as if nothing had ever happened, even when more things do happen. Problems that normally would be relatively routine when faced by a united family thus become a devastating cycle that threatens to destroy their lives.

The material here is good but it likely would have devolved into histrionic melodrama in the hands of a less restrained director. Ceylan is a minimalist and as such he tends to allow the actions of the character to speak for themselves. In a way the lack of exposition puts the viewer in a similar situation to that of the family; we don't know exactly what they are thinking either.

Ceylan's greatest strength is in visuals: his landscapes look unlike anyone else's. The colors are often desaturated; I generally think this visual technique is a mistake but it looks great in his films. Like all Ceylan films, Three Monkeys is worth seeing for the indescribable visuals alone, but this film in particular also offers a perfectly executed family tragedy. Ceylan really outdid himself this time, this is one of the best films of the decade.

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