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Three Monkeys (2008)

Üç Maymun (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 12 September 2008 (Italy)
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A family suffers from a major communication breakdown during their struggle to get through their hardships.

Director:

Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Writers:

Ebru Ceylan (screenplay), Ercan Kesal (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
24 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Yavuz Bingöl ... Eyüp
Hatice Aslan ... Hacer
Ahmet Rifat Sungar ... Ismail
Ercan Kesal ... Servet
Cafer Köse Cafer Köse ... Bayram
Gürkan Aydin Gürkan Aydin ... Cocuk
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Storyline

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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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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First film submitted from Turkey to make the nine-film shortlist for foreign language film Oscar. See more »

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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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Dark, stylish, noir thriller is definitely no turkey!
1 March 2009 | by AussieJimSee all my reviews

I can't remember if I've ever seen a Turkish film before, which is a pity, because if Three Monkeys is anything to go by, I have missed some terrific movies.

This is a dark, stylish, noir thriller which sees a man agreeing to take the rap for his political master who is involved in a car accident. In return for doing time for a crime he did not commit, his boss will continue to pay his salary to his family, and also settle the 'debt' with a lump sum payment when the man is eventually released. While he is in prison, his wife is left to hold the family together and she and her son quickly get caught up in a web of passion and betrayal.

Director, Nuri Bilge Ceylan carried off the Best Director Award at Cannes for this, his fifth feature, and it's not hard to see why.

Three Monkeys is is a dark, brooding film, where every shot has been thought through and framed with meticulous detail. Long, intense close ups of the principal characters produces sustained psychological tension as unspoken words seem to fly through the air like knives.

The principal cast of Three Monkeys; Yavuz Bingöl, Hatice Aslan, Ahmat Rifal Sungar, and Ercan Kesal, are universally good, but top credits should go to Hatice Aslan, the femme fatale of the piece, who has the ability to convey many layers of meaning by saying little and feeling much.

Highly recommended.


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Language:

Turkish

Release Date:

12 September 2008 (Italy) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,045, 29 March 2009

Gross USA:

$41,343

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,977,780
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2.35 : 1
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