Three Monkeys

Dir: Nuri Bilge Ceylan





Festival favourite Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Uzak, Climates) won the Best Director award at Cannes this year for this tense and stunning family drama.

When an aspiring politician commits a ‘hit and run‘ car accident, he convinces his chauffeur to take the rap, in return for a lump sum upon his release from prison.

A spiral of betrayal, deception and (mostly) unseen violence ensues for the chauffeur, his wife and adolescent son – the proverbial monkeys of the title who choose to see, hear and speak no evil – overshadowed by a past event which haunts the gradually disintegrating family unit.

As always with Ceylan, who is also a celebrated photographer, the imagery is gorgeous, characterised by a sensitive use of light, washed out palette and his trademark silver-tipped clouds. A highly stylised soundtrack powerfully conveys the mounting sense of unease, memorably punctuated by a melodramatic Turkish pop song on a mobile ringtone, whose initial absurdity steadily becomes more sinister.

A treat for Ceylan fans and, for the uninitiated, a great introduction to a distinctive arthouse talent.

Booking Information


New Wave Films

Release Date

13 February 2009

Blu-ray / DVD Bookings

Verve Pictures

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