"...an elegant exercise with four characters trapped by class, guilt and greed." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times
After his critically acclaimed mood pieces DISTANT and CLIMATES, Turkey’s leading filmmaker moves in a more plot-driven direction while retaining his mastery of ambience, nuance and astonishing cinematography. Winner of the Best Director prize at Cannes, THREE MONKEYS tells a twisty, noirish tale that opens with an ambitious politician fleeing a hit-and-run accident. Afraid of hurting his election chances, he pays off his chauffeur Eyüp to take the rap. The film concerns the effects of this devil’s bargain on Eyüp’s family as simmering tensions and sexual intrigue wreak havoc in a household already haunted by hidden ghosts. In the spirit of Luis Buñuel’s THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE and Michael Haneke’s CACHE, THREE MONKEYS mounts a caustic critique of the bourgeois family, riddled with hypocrisy yet stubbornly resilient in its seemingly boundless capacity to sidestep guilt and accountability.
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This was a very subtle film, with minimal dialogue and almost no direct action. Yet it manages to convey its story fairly well through inference and visual cue. I found it both depressing (rather dark themes) and poetic.
Great flick from beginning to end. Unpredictable an original.
this was hard to watch for me..even as a Turk..too dark and depressive..but I guess it does have points..that do reflect some pain in our culture..the cinematography is absolutely brilliant..Bravo to Nuri Bilge Ceylan and all who worked in this production.