Three Monkeys review

Three Monkeys (of see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil fame, rather than any kind of Terry Gilliam prequel) is a brooding drama from Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan about the family of a man who takes the fall for a hit-and-run committed by his employer. The premise is simple but the repercussions are unexpected, complicated, and more than a little depressing (although we’re not in the same super league as Better Things).

All four central characters—the politician, his driver, his wife, and their son—are excellently played. The lauded sound design is too noticeable and off-putting for my tastes but the cinematography is truly brilliant. It is the story that prevents Three Monkeys from being a great film, however, as although the dialogue-light script is good the film is not entirely captivating.

3 out of 5

16th Feb 2009