Featuring a stunning cinematography and an outstanding sound design, Three Monkeys is another masterwork from the Turkish master that looks into the inside of a poor family when one of its members is arrested, which unfolds a huge, brutal disconnection marked by lies, distrust and silences. Nuri Bilge Ceylan creates a slow, powerful and very well polished family drama that peers into the depths of the human soul.
Ceylan won the director prize at Cannes in 2008 with this intricately plotted work written by himself Ebru Ceylan and Ercan Kesal. The plot may not be far from film noir archetypes but the characterization elevates this to deeper meaning. The camera work of Gokhan Tiryaki is excellent here with fine use of camera placement, lighting and desaturation of image. Amongst Ceylan's finest works.
One wants to connect with these characters, but Ceylan seems to veer away from such connection each time it appears about to happen. Sacrifice and forgetting seem prevalent points of reference. Pyschological tension derives from an inability to acknowledge reality. Hatice Aslan puts in a memorable performance in one of Ceylan's less memorable films. Intriguing, but ultimately unfulfilling.
For me this is the most weak film of him. Because this story has been written and made film by another palm d'or winner director yilmaz güney in 1971 ''the father'' .some details and characters removed in 3 monkeys. Of course ceylan's photography ,and his visual perception is top level. We can't compare with him güney . But güney is only focusing creating social dramas . Ceylan is focusing creating atmosphere .
One can easily see why Ceylan would be called the Turkish heir to Antonioni (esp. if this is already his most action-packed film). Am glad to have seen this and appreciate the complexity of the direction. But I cannot warm to long, silence-filled celebrations of peoples' failures to communicate. // The low-saturation colours that dominate here seem more suited to a noir action shocker.
Ceylan's "simplicity" is given by the fact that, unlike many directors that focus all too much on the inner selves of their characters and pamper their wannabe intelectual natures, he takes time to evaluate how the surroundings affect them, he somehow creates a connection between the landscape and his characters and the result is speaking for itself. This is his most action film, given his well known slow paced style