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Three Monkeys (2008)

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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 »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Yavuz Bingöl ... Eyüp
Hatice Aslan ... Hacer
Ahmet Rifat Sungar ... Ismail
Ercan Kesal 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:

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Country:

Turkey | France | Italy

Language:

Turkish

Release Date:

12 September 2008 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Three Monkeys See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,045, 29 March 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$41,343, 19 July 2009
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Yavuz Bingöl, who plays the lead character Eyüp, is also a famous folk singer in Turkey. 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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Darwin, where art thou?
22 December 2008 | by emperor_panosSee all my reviews

Driving in the dark of night, in the middle of nowhere, a car takes a right turn and disappears. Descending. Not to death. Hell is one word for it. Another is role-playing. Another is the seer. The opposite of which, is the monkey. Three Monkeys is one of the greatest films of the year from a country that is not in its cinematic golden age, but which we ought to applaud for one of the greatest efforts of contemporary cinema. In a world wherein art has no place whatsoever, the world of the film, where death is as close as stupidity and narrow-mindedness, love forgotten and humanity reduced to means, this film attempts to rekindle a glimpse of hope for those who see it. But it is as fragile as the ghost of a child that haunts its inhabitants. A brilliant cast, almost flawless cinematography and a poetic direction reminiscent of the great works portraying Hell, this film welcomes a refreshing take on realism with surrealist brush-strokes that in my opinion could only benefit from one single element: a return of the gaze. Unfortunately, this film may be lost in the torrents of mainstream audiences. It is also to be respected then, for not making any effort, not pretending, and in my view, ultimately disregarding, any aspirations to popularity. This is fully in accord with the atmosphere of the film itself. And this, if anything, demands critical appraisal.


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