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Three Monkeys at Vanderbilt's Sarratt Cinema

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Of Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Three Monkeys, the Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw wrote, “The rigor and intensity … is invigorating” and that “every frame is dense with intelligence.” If that sounds a little intense, it is: The film, a 2008 Cannes official selection, is both taut noirish thriller and dark family drama, with a plot that centers on a toxic lie. When Servet (Ercan Kesal), a politician, accidentally kills a pedestrian late one night, his longtime chauffeur, Eyup (Yavuz Bingol) is the only one who can take the fall for him. In exchange for confessing to the act (and helping Ervet preserve his reputation), Eyup will earn a tempting lump sum. That’s when he gets back from jail, of course: The subordinate returns to find trouble at home, and his wife having an affair with — guess who? Beautifully ominous images complement the tense story.
Tue., Feb. 2, 7 p.m., 2010

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