Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan's film Three Monkeys, playing in competition at Cannes, uses the metaphor of the proverbial three monkeys (see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil) to explore ideas about errors of judgment that blow up into unexpected consequences. The film's opening shot is a man driving a lonely road at night. Half-asleep at the wheel, he runs over a pedestrian in the road. Shortly after, another car drives up, sees the body on the road, but drives on, pausing only to take the license number of the car that hit him.

The hit-and-run driver, as it turns out, is a politician in the midst of a re-election battle. He calls his driver, Eyup (Yavuz Bingol) and convinces him to take the fall for the accident, with the promise of a hefty payday after he finishes a nine-month stint in prison for his boss's crime.

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