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Eros (2004)

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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Kar-Wai Wong (as Kar Wai Wong), Steven Soderbergh | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Li Gong ... Miss Hua (segment "The Hand")
Chen Chang ... Zhang (segment "The Hand")
Feng Tien ... Master Jin (segment "The Hand")
Chun-Luk Chan Chun-Luk Chan ... Hua's Servant - Ying (segment "The Hand") (as Auntin Luk)
Jianjun Zhou Jianjun Zhou ... Hua's Lover - Zhao (segment "The Hand")
Wing Tong Sheung Wing Tong Sheung ... Tailor (segment "The Hand")
Kim Tak Wong Kim Tak Wong ... Tailor (segment "The Hand")
Siu Man Ting Siu Man Ting ... Tailor (segment "The Hand")
Lai Fu Yim Lai Fu Yim ... Tailor (segment "The Hand")
Cheng You Shin Cheng You Shin ... Tailor (segment "The Hand")
Wing Kong Siu Wing Kong Siu ... Tailor (segment "The Hand")
Kar Fai Lee Kar Fai Lee ... Tailor (segment "The Hand")
Chi Keong Un Chi Keong Un ... Hotel Concierge (segment "The Hand")
Robert Downey Jr. ... Nick Penrose (segment "Equilibrium")
Alan Arkin ... Dr. Pearl / Hal (segment "Equilibrium")
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Three visionary directors. One erotic journey.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content including graphic nudity, and for language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Warner Bros.

Country:

USA | Italy | Hong Kong | France | Luxembourg | UK

Language:

English | Italian | Mandarin

Release Date:

3 December 2004 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Ерос See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

€262,275 (Italy), 5 December 2004, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$53,666, 10 April 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$188,248, 17 July 2005
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Michelangelo Antonioni's segment was filmed in English. It was later dubbed into Italian after hostile critical reactions at initial test screenings. See more »

Alternate Versions

The version screened at the Venice Film Festival presented the three short films in the following order: "The Hand" (Kar-Wai Wong), "Equilibrium" (Steven Soderbergh) and "Il Filo Pericoloso delle Cose" (Michelangelo Antonioni). When the film was released theatrically in Italy, "Il Filo Pericoloso delle Cose" was presented as the first and "The Hand" as the third. See more »


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Theme and variations - but where is the theme and what are the variations?
10 February 2006 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

The initial concept for making this film was to offer three variations on the theme of love from three directors from three cultures. Or is the title 'Eros' more about the erotic than about love? Question unanswered by this triptych of minor works by some superb directors. The end result seems to be three streams of conscious thoughts looking for a reason to make it to the screen. With the brilliance of the three directors one would expect far more than the film delivers.

Wong Kar Wai presents the strongest of the three films in a dark story about a tailor who sublimates his desire for a courtesan (Gong Li) by making clothes for her - a 'servant' who finally reverses his role. The photography and interweaving of the characters is very beautiful to experience.

Steven Soderberg makes a testy little script about an ad man (Robert Downey, Jr) in therapy with a bizarre psychiatrist (Alan Arkin) exploring a recurring sensual dream. Shot is black and white the actors give it their all but the story is silly and becomes boring with all the distractions Soderberg works into the weak plot.

Antonioni attempts to breathe life into the old Italian movies of lover's spats and diversions and comes up with what feels like a script-less little mess of a movie bent solely on see-through blouses and nude cavorting on beaches.

As a triptych the film just doesn't become airborne, despite some very high powered, first rate directors. Much ado about very little. Grady Harp


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