THREE MONKEYS, A film by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 109min, in Turkish with English subtitles.
Ceylans departure from his moody sonatas Distant and Climates into more plotted film noir is equal parts Bresson and Buuel, a merciless etching of the indiscreet charmlessness of the Turkish bourgeoisie, which sharply raises the stakes on that classs petty hypocrisy and serial betrayals. LA WEEKLY
Unpredictable and gratifying, Three Monkeys emerges as a mordant cautionary tale on the contagiousness of corruption. It is rich in atmosphere. Los Angeles Times
A film whose every shot seems lifted right off the wall of an art gallery and just as powerfully, if quietly, satisfying.
This is powerful filmmaking. New York Post
After his critically acclaimed mood pieces Distant and Climates, Turkeys leading filmmaker moves in a more plot-driven direction while retaining his mastery of ambience and nuance. 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 to take the rap, with disastrous consequences for his family. In the spirit of Buuels The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie and Hanekes Cach, 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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