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After his critically acclaimed mood pieces Distant and Climates, leading Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan shifts gears in this twisty, noirish tale while retaining his mastery of ambience, nuance and astonishing cinematography. Winner of the Best Director prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008, THREE MONKEYS opens with an ambitious politician fleeing a hit-and-run accident in the dead of night. Afraid of hurting his election chances, he pays off his chauffeur Eyup to take the rap. While Eyup stews in jail, this devil's bargain takes its toll on his brooding son Ismail and restless wife Hacer, who falls into an illicit affair with the politician. Ismail's discovery of his mother's infidelity and Eyup's suspicions after he gets out of jail crank up the simmering tensions in a household already haunted by hidden ghosts.
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE:
- 16:9 anamorphic transfer, created from Hi-Def elements and enhanced for widescreen televisions
- Theatrical trailers
- Optional English subtitles
- Director's note and interview with Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Given the quality of its premise and actors, this movie should've been excellent. It is spoiled, however, by a pretentious director who wants the film to be and do too many things. Read morePublished on July 14, 2013 by J. Bamford
I will have a very simple review;
1. It's an excellent movie.
2. The camera work is superb.
3. Read more
That this hour and forty-five minute long film won Ceylan the Best Director award at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival is no surprise. Read morePublished on August 25, 2010 by Cosmoetica