01
Mar
09

Three Monkeys

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Last week I won, via a Facebook group, tickets to see Three Monkeys. This film has garnered excellent reviews, including winning Best Director at last year’s Cannes festival for Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan.

My tickets were for the British Film Institute at South Bank, so we went down last night to catch a showing in their tiny studio theatre.

I thought it was excellent. Like Ceylan’s other film I’ve seen, Uzak, it’s very quiet. There are long periods of close-ups of people’s faces; there’s no background music; almost none of the “big events” happen on-screen. It is gloomy and moody. It’s all about aftermath, about the choices people make not to confront things.

It looks gorgeous: high-def digital video really delivers here. The story makes you ponder duty and fidelity and obsession and family and money and youth. There are dark laughs and tense moments and lots of sadness.

I saw a photo exhibit in the entryway, but didn’t realise until this morning that it was Ceylan’s photography.

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