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Summary: A family dislocated when small failings blow up into extravagant lies battles against the odds to stay together by covering up the truth... In order to avoid hardship and responsibilities that would otherwise be impossible to endure, the family chooses to ignore the truth, not to see, hear or talk about it. But does playing “Three Monkeys” invalidate the truth of its existence? (NBC Film)
I suspect most film-makers could have told this tale in 20 minutes. But then, it wouldn't have had the soporific qualities Ceylan's film does, filled with interminable silences while characters stare moodily into space or at each other. On the plus side, it looks amazing, the frames become painterly scenes packed with detail. And the story is easy enough to follow, even if it leads nowhere. There are some poetic and expressive moments, but mostly all the silences and pauses are a chore to watch.
Stylish, ambitious... and yet, somehow, uninteresting. There are pacing issues and they are quite possibly to blame for my unengagement in the drama between the characters. Or perhaps it's the other way around?
As with "Izganie", features long pauses that don't really push the story forward, and much like NathanDarko, I couldn't get into the drama (it's too bleak and trite to really appreciate it). There's a level of greatness that's fairly visible. You have to dig very deep though in order to embrace it, but if the director didn't lift a finger to ease that process, than why should I... I mean, wake up !!!