Three Monkeys / Üç maymun (2008) [ReUp]

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Three Monkeys / Üç maymun (2008) [ReUp]

Three Monkeys (2008)
2xDVD9 | VIDEO_TS | PAL 16:9 | 01:44:27 | 6,25 Gb + 6,82 Gb
Audio: Turkish AC3 5.1/2.0 @ 448/192 Kbps | Subs: English, French, Turkish
Genre: Drama

Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Stars: Yavuz Bingol, Hatice Aslan, Ahmet Rifat Sungar

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?

Straying from the arthouse melancholy and the moody dead-time passages with non-professional actors of his earlier Tarkovsky, Kiarostami and Antonioni influenced features, Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s more conventional thriller plot for Three Monkeys was not as well-received by the critics who adored Uzak and Climates, even though the film did go on to win the Best Director award at Cannes in 2008. For those less keen on the obvious references that sometimes got in the way of the more personal subjects of a clearly talented and multi-disciplined director however, Three Monkeys, for all its genre playing, demonstrates those qualities much better without losing any of the strength of Ceylan’s personal interests and themes.

Three Monkeys / Üç maymun (2008) [ReUp]

Looking for any political commentary in the story a family whose lives are destroyed when they become involved in a cover-up for a crooked politician will however prove fruitless, but clearly focussing on the human drama that arises out of the situation, Nuri Bilge Ceylan manages to wring familiar character traits and intense familial conflicts out of the material. Demonstrating his all-round abilities as writer, director and editor of his work, Ceylan lays the premise out at the start with clear economical precision, yet not without some poetic resonance in the use of light and sound.

Three Monkeys / Üç maymun (2008) [ReUp]

Cracks of thunder and lightning may announce somewhat dramatically the flight of Servet (Ercan Kesal) from the scene of a late night hit-and-run car accident that he has been involved in on a remote country road, but the stakes are indeed high as Servet is a politician with the promise of a bright future in the up-coming elections. For the sake of his career, he convinces his driver Eyüp (Yavuz Bingol) to take the blame and do the prison time for him, promising him that the he will be well-paid for this favour and that his family will be looked after.

Three Monkeys / Üç maymun (2008) [ReUp]

With supreme irony and not a small amount of underlying darkness, Ceylan masterfully counterpoints this then with the failure of Servet and his party to win the election, the politician sitting in his office, trying to put a brave face on matters while Eyüp’s wife Hacer (Hatice Aslan) comes calling. She is uncomfortably looking for an advance payment to set up a small business for their son Ismail (Rifat Sungar), who has not done well in his examinations and is mixed up in trouble with the wrong crowd; Servet is looking for consolation and validation of his position or someone to blame – it’s a lethal combination that is to lead to the unravelling of all their lives.

Three Monkeys / Üç maymun (2008) [ReUp]

All very dramatic – much more dramatic than you might expect from a Nuri Bilge Ceylan film – but the director does also punctuate the plot with quieter moments, finding expression for the predicament of the characters in the landscapes and stormclouds – the cinematography as impressive and evocative as ever – as well as in gusts of wind, in the use of light, colour and sounds. In this context the artiness is a little more mainstream in the Tarkovsky-lite style of Andrey Zvyagintsev (The Banishment, The Return), but it’s no less effective for it. Even working with professional actors for the first time really (and obtaining fine performances from them), Ceylan finds in Three Monkeys a means of expression that I feel is much more his own and more personalised than the obvious lifts from Tarkovsky that characterise his work elsewhere.

Three Monkeys / Üç maymun (2008) [ReUp]

Regardless of the manner in which it is expressed however, the themes are the same from other Nuri Bilge Ceylan films – souls at a dead end, families trying to hold themselves together, and relationships pushed beyond reasonable limits by the demands of the outside world and their own self-destructive impulses. The three members of Eyüp’s family then resemble the Three Monkeys of the film’s title, seeing no evil, hearing no evil and speaking no evil – remaining silent, but covering up the flaws in their characters with lies and deception. Each think they are doing what is necessary, but all it creates in this finely crafted film is an intolerable situation that has an unfortunate way of rebounding on them terribly.

Three Monkeys / Üç maymun (2008) [ReUp]

In Three Monkeys, Nuri Bilge Ceylan leaves behind the moody melancholy of his previous work for a tense thriller that nevertheless retains the signature themes and marvellous cinematography of his earlier work. While some may regret the loss of the personal, homemade quality of the director’s work and the swapping of family members for professional actors, the dropping of the arthouse mannerisms is ultimately to the benefit of the material, which loses none of its power or relevance.
Three Monkeys / Üç maymun (2008) [ReUp]

Special Features (with English and Turkish subs):
- 'Behind The Scenes' Documentary (33:23)
- Three Monkeys At Cannes (22:44)
- Interview With N.B. Ceylan (01:19:42)
- TV Show About Ceylan (48:38)
- About Cannes with Ünsal Oskay (32:08)
- Trailer (01:05)

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