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Eros (2004)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  3 December 2004 (Italy)
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Three short films -- one each from directors Michelangelo Antonioni, Steven Soderbergh and Wong Kar Wai -- address the themes of love and sex.

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Miss Hua (segment "The Hand")
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Master Jin (segment "The Hand") (as Tin Fung)
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Hua's Servant - Ying (segment "The Hand") (as Auntin Luk)
Jianjun Zhou ...
Hua's Lover - Zhao (segment "The Hand")
Wing Tong Sheung ...
Tailor (segment "The Hand")
Kim Tak Wong ...
Tailor (segment "The Hand")
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Tailor (segment "The Hand")
Lai Fu Yim ...
Tailor (segment "The Hand")
Cheng You Shin ...
Tailor (segment "The Hand")
Wing Kong Siu ...
Tailor (segment "The Hand")
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Hotel Concierge (segment "The Hand")
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Nick Penrose (segment "Equilibrium")
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Dr. Pearl / Hal (segment "Equilibrium")
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A three-part anthology film about love and sexuality: a menage-a-trois between a couple and a young woman on the coast of Tuscany; an advertising executive under enormous pressure at work, who, during visits to his psychiatrist, is pulled to delve into the possible reasons why his stress seems to manifest itself in a recurring erotic dream; and a story of unrequited love about a beautiful, 1960s high-end call girl in an impossible affair with her young tailor. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Three visionary directors. One erotic journey.

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One great film among two lesser.
26 January 2007 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I rather enjoy watching short films. Like short stories, there's seldom room for more than one good idea, so that idea has to be done well--in the hands of a skilled director, this is an opportunity rather than a limitation. Eros is a collection of three such films, ostensibly sharing a similar theme.

Wong Kar Wai's "The Hand" is the first film, and is a premiere example of what a short film can achieve. A concise story about a tailor and a high class prostitute, "The Hand" distills the love/lust theme into a beautiful, intoxicating gem. It is by far the best film of the bunch, perhaps even one of the director's finest.

Steven Soderbergh's "Equilibrium" is the second film in the trio, and features a few shots of a naked woman and a long and unrelated dialog between Robert Downey Jr and Alan Arkin. As far as I can tell the film has vanishing little to do with love, lust, passion or sex--and not much else to say about anything. Soderbergh, who's often hit-or-miss, misses big time with this convoluted short.

Michelangelo Antonioni's "Dangerous thread" (or however it is properly translated) is quite different from the previous two films. It is certainly on message, featuring lots of full frontal nudity and some sex, but doesn't really have much of a story. It actually feels like it is much closer to succeeding than "Equilibrium", if only because it seems to fit comfortably within its time constraints, but the vacuous plot leaves you bored.

In the end Eros is a missed opportunity. After the first film you expect a beautiful tapestry of ideas and perspectives, but it never materializes. Nevertheless, the first film is well worth watching--easily justifying a rental or screening.


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