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3 -- Hanna and Simon, a couple in their early forties, live together in Berlin. With their 20th anniversary looming, they both become restless despite being truly and deeply in love. Unbeknownst to one another, they become acquainted with Adam, a younger man, and fall in love with him.  Tom Tykwer's latest film is a modern take on the classic screwball comedies of 1930s Hollywood.
3 -- A Berlin-set drama centered on a 40-something couple who, separately, fall in love with the same man.

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23 December 2010 (Germany) See more »
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A Berlin-set drama centered on a 40-something couple who, separately, fall in love with the same man. | Add synopsis »
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8 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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Trailer Trash by Jason Solomons | film
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 11 September 2010, 4:02 PM, PDT)

Venice film festival
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 11 September 2010, 4:02 PM, PDT)

Venice 2010. Notes from Venice
 (From MUBI. 11 September 2010, 12:27 PM, PDT)

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"HOT TRIANGLE" doesn't begin to describe this...... See more (18 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Sophie Rois ... Hanna
Sebastian Schipper ... Simon

Devid Striesow ... Adam

Angela Winkler ... Hildegard

Annedore Kleist ... Lotte
Alexander Hörbe ... Dirk
Winnie Böwe ... Petra
Hans-Uwe Bauer ... Dr. Wissmer
Carina N. Wiese ... Schwester Ruth (as Carina Wiese)
Dominique Chiout ... Clara
Marita Hueber ... Martha
Michael Gerber ... Vorsitzender Ethikrat
Thomas Neumann ... Wissenschaftler Ethikrat
Cornelius Schwalm ... Volker Müller
Edgar M. Böhlke ... Simons Vater
Maria Hartmann ... Sylvia
Christina Große ... Simone

Hannes Wegener ... Jens
Karl Alexander Seidel ... Nick
Christian Steyer ... Chorleiter
Hans Hohlbein ... Taxifahrer
Gertrud Roll ... Hannas Mutter
Klaus Hoser ... Hannas Vater
Stefan Gohike ... Kammeramann
Mario Wiemann ... Tonmann
Nele Jonca ... Maskenbildnerin
Corinna Kirchhoff ... Wissenschaftlerin TV
Roland Schäfer ... Wissenschaftler TV
Horst Mendroch ... Paul
Marie Gruber ... Kassiererin BE
Sylvia Rohrer ... Junger Poet (as Sylvie Rohrer)
Cedric Eich ... Sven
Tino Mewes ... Junger Zuschauer
Peter Atanassow ... Kollege von Adam
René Pollesch ... René Pollesch
Irene Rindje ... Frau mit Schild
Heide Simon ... Christa
Katharine Maria Kagel ... Opernsängerin
Sabine Krause ... Junge Frau im Schwimmbad
David Frickell ... Installationskünstler
Iepe Rubingh ... Iepe Rubingh
Michael Dorn ... Standesbeamter
Karsten Dahlem ... Regieassistent
Konrad ... Die Zwillinge
Solana ... Die Zwillinge
Jane Bertish
Patty Hannock
Alexander Scheer ... Euphorischer Künstler
Thomas Michaux ... Tanz
Virgis Puodziunas ... Tanz
Yael Schnell ... Tanz

Dejan Bucin ... Gentleman / Lady
Georgette Dee ... Georgette
Christina Drechsler ... Boy
Anke Engelsmann ... Secretary
Ruth Glöss ... Fool
Anna Graenzer ... Boy

Traute Hoess ... Rival
Jürgen Holtz ... Elisabeth I. / Elisabeth II.
Ursula Höpfner ... Black Lady (as Ursula Höpfner-Tabori)
Inge Keller ... Shakespeare
Christopher Nell ... Lady / Eve
Sabin Tambrea ... Woman / Lady
Georgios Tsivanoglou ... Cupid
Giulin Stäubli (as Giulin von Bern)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Benedict ... Boninger (uncredited)
Christopher Karl Hemeyer ... Dr. Hubert Zimmer (uncredited)

Senta Dorothea Kirschner ... Katrin (uncredited)
Thomas Kornmann ... Redakteur (uncredited)
Gotthard Lange ... Udo (uncredited)
Hendrik Maaß ... Freibadbesucher / Ausstellungsbesucher (uncredited)
Jan-Martin Müller ... Fußballspieler (uncredited)
Gundi Anna Schick ... Simons Tante (uncredited)
Monika Schubert ... Biologin (uncredited)
Mick Slaney ... London Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Alexander Yassin ... Alexander (uncredited)

Martina Ysker ... Cousine von Simon (uncredited)

Directed by
Tom Tykwer 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tom Tykwer 

Produced by
Stefan Arndt .... producer
Barbara Buhl .... producer: WDR
Gebhard Henke .... producer: WDR
Jörn Klamroth .... producer: ARD Degeto
Ulli Neumann .... line producer
Uwe Schott .... executive producer
Andreas Schreitmüller .... producer: Arte
Andrea Schütte .... creative producer
Jürgen Tröster .... supervising producer
 
Original Music by
Reinhold Heil 
Johnny Klimek 
Gabriel Isaac Mounsey 
Tom Tykwer 
 
Cinematography by
Frank Griebe 
 
Film Editing by
Mathilde Bonnefoy 
 
Casting by
Simone Bär 
 
Production Design by
Uli Hanisch 
 
Art Direction by
Kai Koch 
 
Costume Design by
Polly Matthies 
 
Makeup Department
Tamar Aviv .... prosthetic makeup supervisor
Lisa Buscher .... special makeup effects artist
Aline Hafezi .... special makeup effects artist
Katharina Nädelin .... makeup department head
Anke Schiffl .... special makeup effects artist assistant
Jörn Seifert .... prosthetic makeup supervisor
Adela Selzer .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Barbara Buhl .... producer: WDR
Verena Hassani .... production supervisor: London (as Verena Rahmig)
Jürgen Tröster .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tobias Asam .... additional third assistant director
Tanja Däberitz .... second assistant director
Sebastian Fahr-Brix .... first assistant director
Mara Fiedler .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Youngsoon Jung .... art department intern
Andrea Kessler .... stand-by prop master
Christoph Lanksch .... senior dresser
Trinka Lat .... set dresser
Benjamin Palmer .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
David Arnold .... adr recordist
Thomas Kalbér .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Frank Kruse .... sound designer
Frank Kruse .... supervising sound editor
Matthias Lempert .... dialogue editor
Matthias Lempert .... sound re-recording mixer
Carsten Richter .... foley artist
Matthias Richter .... additional production sound mixer
Oliver Schnug .... boom operator
Markus Stemler .... adr editor
Markus Stemler .... foley editor
Hanse Warns .... foley mixer
Arno Wilms .... original sound
 
Visual Effects by
Christine Boy .... digital compositor
David Laubsch .... lead compositing artist
Katja Müller .... visual effects producer
Rosa Niclas .... digital artist
Abraham Schneider .... visual effects artist
Stefan Tischner .... digital compositor
Dominik Trimborn .... visual effects supervisor: ARRI
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Christian Almesberger .... camera operator: "b" camera
Christian Almesberger .... first assistant camera
Greta Ehrhart .... camera trainee
Jörg Gönner .... additional first assistant camera
Oliver Haas .... best boy lighting
Jan Hoffmann .... underwater camera operator
Thomas Hübener .... scorpio head technician
Rafael Jeneral .... additional second assistant camera
Sophie Kirchberg .... additional second assistant camera
Glenn König .... key grip
Gero Neumann .... second assistant camera
Marcus Pohlus .... steadicam operator
Helmut Prein .... gaffer
Lars Richter .... additional first assistant camera
Axel Scholz .... electrician
Uwe Zegnotat .... camera loader
 
Animation Department
Wendy Dettmann .... animator
 
Casting Department
Johanna Ragwitz .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Urs Dierker .... daily set costumer
Theresa Anna Luther .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Traudl Nicholson .... lead colorist
Cyrielle Thélot .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Brad Althouse .... score preparation
Jordan Balagot .... orchestrator
Aidan Ferguson .... guitars
Nikolaus Hanjohr-Popa .... cello
Reinhold Heil .... arranger
Reinhold Heil .... music mixer
Reinhold Heil .... music producer
Reinhold Heil .... musician
Adam Klemens .... conductor
Johnny Klimek .... arranger
Johnny Klimek .... music producer
Johnny Klimek .... musician
Stefan Markowski .... violin
Gabriel Isaac Mounsey .... arranger (as Gabriel Mounsey)
Gabriel Isaac Mounsey .... music mixer (as Gabriel Mounsey)
Gabriel Isaac Mounsey .... music producer (as Gabriel Mounsey)
Gabriel Isaac Mounsey .... musician (as Gabriel Mounsey)
Ulrike Petersen .... violin
Ernst-Martin Schmidt .... viola
Heinz Schunk .... violin
Jonathan Levi Shanes .... additional music arranger
Jonathan Levi Shanes .... music preparation
Jonathan Levi Shanes .... orchestrator
Sandor Tar .... double bass
Tom Tykwer .... arranger
Tom Tykwer .... music producer
Tom Tykwer .... musician
Nico Voss .... guitars
Nikko Weidemann .... guitars
Bruce Winter .... music mixer
 
Transportation Department
Ralf Pitzius .... production driver
 
Other crew
Brian Cordray .... script consultant
Bianca Folger .... assistant to producer
Alexander Frühbrodt .... production assistant
Felicitas Heydenreich .... project coordinator: HD Mastering
Ayuko Koresawa .... script supervisor: second unit
Svenja Rieck .... assistent: Tom Tykwer
Larissa Trüby .... licensing
Larissa Trüby .... making-of
Caroline Veyssière .... script supervisor
Sasha Waltz .... dance choreographer
Jorge Lima .... assistant publicist: international (uncredited)
 

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Also Known As:
"Three" - Hong Kong (English title) (festival title), International (English title) (imdb display title)
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119 min
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Continuity: Simon has his hair cropped right after diagnosis before any chemo without even leaving the hospital. Then, his hair has still the same length when Hannas womb has considerably increased.See more »
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13 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
"HOT TRIANGLE" doesn't begin to describe this......, 14 February 2012
Author: arizona-philm-phan from Arizona

.....strangely philosophical and sometimes wondrous take on the Lives & Loves of men and women in today's world. BUT, hold on a sec...hasn't the behavior being shown to us likely EVER been so....even in humankind's earliest days, in the dark protectiveness of caves? ....Well, whether that is the case or not--right now--today, a most perceptive Director of Film (Tom Tykwer) is giving us a stripped bare view into the lives of 2 Men and 1 Woman....the "3" making up this proverbial TRIANGLE. So, Dear Viewer, you need only sit back...relax...then watch and see: ....Their discovery, first, of love with one another---then, finally, their reaching a loving-union of the "3".

I cannot tell you that the Male-Female Hook-up (can we call it "illicit") being shown us is any differently played out than in 100s of movie stories which have come before. BUT...on the other hand, and strikingly so...it is in the Male / Male "Connection" where you will find the Difference in this film. For in a mainstream production such as this, rarely will you ever see shown Physically Realistic (and Tender) lovemaking between 2 men....presented in such a forthright manner. Devid Striesow ("Adam") and Sebastian Schipper ("Simon") absolutely "ZING" in their scenes together. The word, Hot, does not describe it; though if written as HOT, perhaps it begins to do so. (WORD OF ADVICE: Director Tykwer's use of "split screen" techniques throughout, sometimes showing 4 to 6 activities occurring in one scene/shot, makes some of the "HOT actions" a bit difficult to follow and fully enjoy. Better you watch on video....rather than in the theater.)

As to this movie's performers and their abilities, these "3" actors are highly competent and experienced (extensive film histories)....though perhaps not at the level of paparazzi-pursued, top tier German celebs. YET, what they truly give to us is BELIEVABILITY....bringing viewers to the point of SUDDENLY realizing their characters' origin: ....Perhaps from Earth's First Garden---but here, in our world today, we are being given a "Hanna"....a "Simon"....and, most especially, "The Enticer". So, this Enticer; what can be said about him? Well, maybe just this, Reader Mine: ....When your self-image is at its lowest...and your need to be desired is at its highest.....just stop and look around you. HE's out there, close by....waiting, waiting to enfold you in Tenderness and Excitement. Waiting to make the rest of your life its Happiest.

I'll say Goodbye to you now...upon leaving this Garden of "3". And concede that this story may contain instances of over-dramatized familial and midlife crises---not to mention startling images of a male medical procedure. Nevertheless, this is a work which I will be re-watching on a somewhat regular basis---concentrating on the Male / Male action, of course. (Uh..oh).

PS: For those interested, see the excellent Devid Striesow in the very good and "gay-tinged" 2004 film production: "BEFORE THE FALL". That is, IF you can find it available as a rental; used DVD copies are going for a high price. Oh, and for something very "different"...but very well done (in a "straight" love story mode), try Tykwer's 2002 "HEAVEN" (Cate Blanchett). You, likely, will not be sorry.

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