Üç maymun (Three Monkeys). 2008. Turkey/France/Italy. Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan. In Turkish; English subtitles. 109 min.
Screenplay by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Erbru Ceylan, Ercan Kesal. With Yavuz Bingol, Hatice Aslan, Ahmet Rifat Sungar. The usually unruffled surface of Ceylan’s films is here disturbed by some spectacularly melodramatic plot elements borrowed from the Turkish popular cinema. A conniving politician (co-screenwriter Kesal) pays his salt-of-the-earth driver (Bingol) to take the rap for a hit-and-run accident, then takes advantage of the chauffeur’s absence to conduct an affair with his wife (Aslan). Brooding on the sidelines is the couple’s unemployed, alienated teenage son (Sungar).