The director of 'Once Upon A Time in Anatolia' and 'Climates', Nuri Bilge Ceylan, has established himself as one of the new masters of cinema. With this noir drama he extends his range to a new genre and won Ceylan the Best Director prize in Cannes 2008.
Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s fourth feature is a stark contrast to his subsequent ‘Once Upon a Time in Anatolia’ (2011) and 2014 Palme d’Or winner ‘Winter Sleep’. Those films take in Anatolia’s vast landscape whereas ‘Three Monkeys’ feels dominated by interiors.
A man agrees to take the rap for a crime he didn’t commit in return for money. But while serving time in prison he is betrayed by the very person he helped. On release, the secrets kept from him soon emerge, with devastating consequences. Employing his signature ruminative pace, Ceylan explores every facet of this fractured family’s life, offering up simmering suspense amidst the existential enquiry into the corrupting nature of dishonesty.