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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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In competition at Cannes 2008, creates more intrigue rather than a cinematic full circle. 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

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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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Turkey's 2009 Academy Awards official submission to Foreign-Language Film category.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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50 out of 74 people found the following review useful.
In competition at Cannes 2008, creates more intrigue rather than a cinematic full circle., 28 July 2008
Author: crey014 from Auckland, New Zealand

Although ambitious and picture perfect, the feeling of exaggeration cannot be shaken from "Üç Maymun", a drama set in Turkey following the exploits and heartbreak of a nuclear family. Thwarted desires and desire-less characters are plenty; Nuri Bilge Ceylan helms the film that feels it has more style rather than substance. Could possibly be taken more as a meditative form of tragic cinema, it still cannot compare to the likes of Ki-duk Kim, also going for the same moody dialogue-less craving audience. In competition at Cannes 2008, creates more intrigue rather than a cinematic full circle.

Film follows a surname-less nuclear family as they come to grips with the paternal character, Eyüp (Yavoz Bingol), who goes to prison for 9 months with either altruistic or financial reasons in mind. He leaves his wife Hacer (Hatice Aslan), who clearly needs more than what her husband can deliver and son Ismail (Ritaf Sungar), an overgrown teenager who cannot find any sort of direction in life, eventually leading himself to lethargy and apathy. Characters are definitely flawed and are interesting, however delivery of the family on celluloid still seem to be somewhat lacking.

Technically, the film triumphs as it conveys more towards the plot than the characters. Cinematographer Gőkhan Tiryaki paints the image with a dull rusty palette perfectly mirroring the doom and depression the characters wear on their sleeves. Also, by the camera angles itself, film clearly wants its audience to be as disjointed to the characters as possible making them feel more voyeuristic rather than empathetic. Certain scenes filled with dramatic desperation are filmed behind the bushes, both making moments like that intensely private but nevertheless distant.

As with the stylish overcast weather this universe is subjected to, the film is intensely meditative as it strictly confines these characters to themselves through limitations of the spoken word. Almost half of the film is indulged in shots that are introspective and deeply personal. It works to an extent as it diverts the thinking to the audience, although picture doesn't really have much to allow the audience to chew on. Like the sky, filled with clouds desperate to rain, audiences will be left wanting to connect with these characters. It does rain, although it only pour before the end credits. A point of liminal, it doesn't make it clear though on what's there to be liminal about.

Picture's ace is Hacer. Played with much desperation by Hatice Aslan, she remains the only character with an overwhelming desire to be happy. Character takes the opportunity to explore happiness whilst her husband is away. But, the thing is, this source of pleasure is normally deemed as unorthodox even if it gives her a reason for being. Once this source of contentment is stripped off, clear anxiety strikes her as she borderlines the bathetic. Indeed a flawed character, she still becomes the reference point to the masculine characters who desire something more tangible.

"Üç maymun" is a cinematic experience that gets richer in retrospect. Definitely not a form of transient entertainment, it caters to a specific audience devotedly. However, feeling of an overstretched plot on a surrealist setting can be a hindrance to full appreciation. It also feels rather indulgent. Extended shots could have been excised, taking with it the impression of a pretentious, not a nirvana-driven, production.

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