Eros (2004)

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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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Directors:

Michelangelo Antonioni , Steven Soderbergh , Kar-Wai Wong

Writers:

Kar-Wai Wong, Steven Soderbergh, Michelangelo Antonioni (book), Michelangelo Antonioni (screenplay), Tonino Guerra (screenplay)

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10 February 2006 | gradyharp
5
| Theme and variations - but where is the theme and what are the variations?
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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Details

Release Date:

3 December 2004

Language

Mandarin, English, Italian


Country of Origin

USA, Italy, Hong Kong, France, Luxembourg, UK

Filming Locations

Capalbio, Grosseto, Tuscany, Italy

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$53,666 10 April 2005

Gross USA:

$188,392

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,553,020

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