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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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Mastery of contemporary, contemplative cinema 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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55 out of 74 people found the following review useful.
Mastery of contemporary, contemplative cinema, 27 December 2008
Author: Jugu Abraham (jugu_abraham@yahoo.co.uk) from Trivandrum, Kerala, India

Three Monkeys proved to me that Turkish cinema can rub shoulders with the very best in contemporary cinema.

It has a certain maturity and mastery of the medium even if it follows the patterns of Tarkovsky, Terrence Mallick and Zvyagintsev, with its ability to externalize the internal feelings of individuals and catapult those feelings in context with the well-chosen exteriors—sometimes natural environments and sometimes man-made structures. It's a film that makes the capability of a director and art director stand out even to a village idiot viewing cinema.

The title of the film does refer to the proverbial three monkeys; one who refuses to hear, one who refuses to see, and one who refuses to speak. It is an interesting contemporary tale revolving around three adults that make up a Turkish urban nuclear family. The husband drives the car of a politician to make a living, the wife works in a kitchen of a large establishment, and their adult son is a student dreaming of owning a car. It is a tale that could take place in Turkey or any other part of the world suggesting that tales of individual angst fall within some external matrix that a viewer can either glimpse or reject as a cosmic play of dice.

The three "monkeys" are a husband, wife and son living a cohesive, stable life. A fourth character is a typical creepy politician whose actions disrupt the tranquil life of the cohesive trio by a chain of lies, deceit, lust and avarice—all brought about by the ripple effect of an external request. Here is a tale of three essentially good people who become entwined in actions that threaten to break up their happy but mundane middle-class lives.

What is the external request that leads to the domino effect on the family? The politician falls asleep while driving a sedan and knocks down an unknown person on a remote road and the incident is noticed by a passing car. To preserve his political chances at the soon-to-be-held elections, he requests his regular driver to take the rap and go to prison for the crime he did not commit, while the politician promises to continue paying his salary and provide a large sum at the completion of his jail term. The first "monkey" gets hooked to the suggested plan that he hears.

The son dreams of a family car that could be acquired with an advance on the politician's final payment to his father and goads his mother to meet the politician with the request. And you soon have two other "monkeys" trapped by their own innocent actions that spiral into grievous crimes because they choose not to see, hear or speak. Interestingly, each of the three is essentially a well-meaning, ethical individual. However, the external request of a politician to the head of the family of the trio opens up vistas for three good persons to choose a deviant path they might not have chosen otherwise.

The filmmakers go on to suggest that the pattern could spillover to upset another sedate life of a good man at the end. Those affected do not seem to learn from history. The cosmic tale carries on like a Shakespearean or Tolstoyan tragedy, even as dark clouds gather over the magical landscape on the coasts of the Marmara Sea (Black Sea) captured with the digital magic of Gokhan Tiryaki (the cinematographer of Ceylan's Climates as well). Are we individuals truly in control of what happens to us in life? This is the implicit question the film asks of the viewer. Do events in our life force us take paths we never would have taken otherwise? Do we learn from our mistakes or prefer to make bigger mistakes like a "monkey"? Ironically, the film itself is a product of another family—but this one is incredibly talented. The husband and wife team of Nuri Bilge Ceylan (director, editor, and writer of Three Monkeys, and actor of his earlier films Distant and Climates) and Ebru Ceylan (writer and art director of Three Monkeys, actor of Distant and Climates and an award-winning short-filmmaker) team up with Ercan Kesal (actor in Three Monkeys, playing the politician in the movie) to write up this interesting film.

The story is only a small part of the film's broad enjoyment spectrum. Take the art direction—-the building in which the trio live looks imposing at the start of the movie. Only towards the end of the movie as the lives of the individuals fall apart you see the building has an imposing front but is actually a poor tenement with a fabulous view. The railroad becomes a flight path to freedom from the drudgery of the house, but tenants of the house need to cross physical (symbolic) barriers to reach the station. Interestingly, the head (and face) of the son poking out of the train form the poster of the film a shot that is repeated with differing expressions as the film progresses.

In this film, the husband-wife team of the Ceylans stays behind the camera. They introduce a TV actor Hatice Aslan who plays Hacer, the mother/wife role in the film. The performance is nothing short of spectacular. The sudden action of kicking up of her shoes while sitting and breaking into smiles of freedom is unforgettable; the true implications of the scene revealed to the viewer only much later.

Turkish cinema has thrown up great filmmakers. Yilmaz Guney was my favorite Turkish filmmaker from that country. Now I have added Ceylan (and his talented wife) to that list. Guney took up subjects that mirrored politics and got into trouble for that. Ceylan appears to be apolitical except for his dark universal swipe at politicians as a tribe. Or is he?

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