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Three -- A Berlin-set drama centered on a 40-something couple who, separately, fall in love with the same man.


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A Smart, Visually Stunning, Creative Comedy of Sexual Variations See more (14 total) »


  (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 ... Opernsangerin
Sabine Krause ... Junge Frau im Schwimmbad
David Frickell ... Installationskunstler
Iepe Rubingh ... Iepe Rubingh
Michael Dorn ... Standesbeamter
Karsten Dahlem ... Regieassistent
Konrad & Solana ... Die Zwillinge
Jane Bertish
Patty Hannock
Alexander Scheer ... Euphorischer Künstler
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Benedict ... Boninger (uncredited)
Georgette Dee ... Schauspielerin im Theaterstück (uncredited)
Christopher Karl Hemeyer ... Dr. Hubert Zimmer (uncredited)
Martin Hentschel ... (uncredited)

Senta Dorothea Kirschner ... Katrin (uncredited)
Thomas Kornmann ... Redakteur (uncredited)
Gotthard Lange ... Udo (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)
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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
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 Rahmig .... production supervisor: London
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
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
Adam Klemens .... conductor
Jonathan Levi Shanes .... additional music arranger
Jonathan Levi Shanes .... music preparation
Jonathan Levi Shanes .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
Ralf Pitzius .... production driver
Other crew
Brian Cordray .... script consultant
Alexander Frühbrodt .... production assistant
Felicitas Heydenreich .... project coordinator: HD Mastering
Ayuko Koresawa .... script supervisor: second unit
Larissa Trüby .... licensing
Larissa Trüby .... making-of
Caroline Veyssière .... script supervisor

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Also Known As:
"3" - Germany (original title)
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119 min
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Continuity: During the break of the play, Adam joins Hanna outside. He brings 2 bottles of mineral water, hands one to Hanna and both take a sip while talking. Both bottles are already half-empty, presumably due to previous takes.See more »
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8 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
A Smart, Visually Stunning, Creative Comedy of Sexual Variations, 6 March 2012
Author: gradyharp from United States

Writer/director Tom Twyker (Run Lola Run, Perfume, Heaven, The International. Paris, je t'aime) is proving to be one of the most fearless and creative talents in film today. He knows how to create strange stories that take us by surprise, present them with excellent actors, selects and composes musical scores that are as perfect as any being created, introduces just enough philosophy and scientific investigation into timely topics to challenge our brains, and tops it off with inventive photography - superimposing split screens that enhance not only the progress of the story but also allow the presentation of brief glimpses of 'dangerous' ideas that stirs the cauldron to boiling.

3 is a fascinating tale. Simon (Sebastian Schipper) is an artistic architect who works with sculptors to bring their art into being. He is in a longterm relationship with Hanna (Sophie Rois) who is a television journalist cum scientist who is widely popular in their hometown of Berlin. Simon and Hanna are in their forties and deeply in love. Simon is informed that his mother has advanced pancreatic carcinoma and when his mother attempts suicide with an overdose and fails, she is brain dead, supported on machines. Simon stays at her bedside while Hanna continues her line of investigation about new stem cell theories, attending lectures by the handsome Adam (Devid Striesow) - a married man with children who leads a separate life of clandestine but short-lived gay affairs. Simon's mother dies and Simon is diagnosed with testicular carcinoma, undergoes an orchiectomy and begins chemotherapy, losing his hair in the process. All of this he shares with Hanna: the two decide they probably should marry and Hanna wants children while Simon thinks world timing is poor for starting a family (he is also aware of the fact that his operation and chemotherapy may represent the end of his sexuality and fertility).

Though devoted to Simon, Hanna is attracted to Adam and finds ways to be near him. Soon they are in a physical love affair. Simon recovers his disease by swimming in a beautiful Berlin gym where he quite incidentally meets Adam, shares his operation with the stranger in the locker room, and Adam proceeds to demonstrate that Simon is indeed not impotent! Simon has new feelings aroused, and he and Adam begin a love affair. Hanna and Simon get married but still each of them has feelings for Adam. When Hanna discovers she is pregnant the story spins to its conclusion and the triptych of the title is established.

This film is subtle but frank, explores sexuality in an open and honest way exploring themes relevant to our time: the biological and the ethical side of human life, the determinist way of viewing our sexuality and gender, the ways in which we define our selves in a time with shifting mores, the chance of love in a society with few if any boundaries. Love affairs as demonstrated between Hanna and Simon, Hanna and Adam, and Simon and Adam are treated equally and sensitively.

The three primary actors are excellent as is the entire cast. The cinematography and film manipulation by Frank Griebe (with Twyker) and the musical score Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek, Gabriel Isaac Mounsey, and Tom Tykwer (with a little help form Debussy and others!) is splendid. This is a first class film and deserves the attention of a very wide audience. It is likely to be one of those films that grows in stature with the passage of time.

Grady Harp

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