DVD: Three Monkeys (15)

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The Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan once more unsettles with this disturbing portrait of human nature which won him the Best Director award at Cannes last year.

A politician standing for election falls asleep at the wheel and runs a man over. He convinces his driver, Eyüp, to own up to the crime. But when Eyüp returns from jail to find his wife enamoured with his boss, the natural order of the household is irremediably broken. Sounds appealing enough. But the longueurs and never-ending silent scenes are discouraging. And despite inventive use of grey landscape and colours to convey his characters' state of mind, the director can't save a movie which ends up frustrating and even boring its viewers.

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