Nuri Bilge Ceylan is quickly becoming my favourite all time director. He deals in subtle tensions, stark, slow and intriguing camera shots a la Tarkovsky (but the shots don't strike one as elegaic as Tarkovsky, partly because Nuri Bilge Ceylan doesn't use a lot of camera movement) and incredible focus, plot-wise, on the problems of the 21st Century.
In this film it seems that the ingredients are all pulling perfectly in the same direction. A husband takes the fall for his politician friend and is jailed while his friend is voted in. His son provides the contrast to how the younger generation reacts and understands the father's situation. The wife then has an illicit affair with the politician friend while her husband is in jail. As with Uzak, the characters' actions, along with their psychic twists and turns, are moulded slowly and thoughtfully (not to everyone's taste I admit) and the film looks starker and more thriller-like, image-wise, than Uzak was.
Three Monkeys also acts as a great analysis of political denial, and I like the way that it intertwines the personal and the political in taking on an analysis and criticism of the family as a whole. The title also intrigues... are these three characters simply animals who have evolved in order to play dumb about themselves and each other? Is it a metaphor for the corruption of Turkish politics and Turkish culture? The movie is deep enough to probe these questions in their fundamental and universal aspects though, which, I think, a good piece of art should strive to do.
All in all, the question of political denial, political will and political risk-taking all seem to me to be very intriguing human problems in 2009, and, under Bilge Ceylan's subtle and engaging direction, make for a stunning and illuminating statement.