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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Li Gong ... Miss Hua (segment "The Hand") (as Gong Li)
Chen Chang ... Zhang (segment "The Hand")
Feng Tien ... Master Jin (segment "The Hand") (as Fung Tin)
Chun-Luk Chan Chun-Luk Chan ... Hua's Servant - Ying (segment "The Hand") (as Auntie 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") (as Cheng You Shih)
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

Three separate stories of love, desire and/or obsession are presented. "The Hand" tells of the desire that builds in the several years long largely professional relationship (his profession) between Xiao Zhang, the apprentice to tailor Mr. Jin, and Ms. Hua, a prostitute, the two who meet when he is first sent to take her measurements for a new dress. Sexually inexperienced, that meeting awakens Zhang's sexual desires. The story takes place during a phase of Ms. Hua's life when she becomes ill, making her unable to work and thus live to the style to which she is accustomed. In "Equilibrium", Nick Penrose is having his first session with Dr. Pearl, a therapist, Nick's anxiety and thus want to see a therapist probably due to a combination of starting a new project with his colleague Hal in their job as advertising executives, and a recurring dream he is having about a woman who he doesn't know but knows in the dream, that woman who is not his wife, Cecelia. These issues may be at play ... Written by Huggo

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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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Trivia

After a successful working relationship with Michelangelo Antonioni on Beyond the Clouds (1995), producer Stéphane Tchalgadjieff was keen to work with the famous director again. He came up with the idea of doing a triptych, in conjunction with two other directors, so the project wouldn't be too strenuous for the octogenarian. 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 »

Connections

Featured in Autumn of the Magician (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Slow Dance for Loves-1
(uncredited)
by Peer Raben
[Segment "The Dangerous Thread of Things"]
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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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Official Sites:

Warner Bros.

Country:

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

Language:

Mandarin | English | Italian

Release Date:

3 December 2004 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$53,666, 10 April 2005

Gross USA:

$188,392

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,553,020
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Color:

Color | Black and White (dream sequence)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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