1 January 2021 | TokyoGyaru
Everyone is awful and miserable.
First off, the only reason I watched this is because the listing said it was in German (though I think the film is Austrian) and I rarely watch European films that aren't from the U.K. or France. In the first story, everything and everyone is utterly robotic, impersonal, and empty (even the sex). What's the point of even bothering with the sex when it's so meaningless and grimey? I suspect that people are giving this film more credit than it deserves because of the explicit sex in the first story, but they're gross, older people with flat, unimpressive bodies being increasingly weird. In the second story, we have a pair of selfish, co-dependent liars (one of which is constantly unpleasant and insecure) who shouldn't be together and don't actually even seem to be in love. You wonder why they even bother. In the third story, there are more miserable, unlikable people but worse because one is a rude, violent, woman-hating, bigoted sleazeball, and his wife can't manage to keep her doggone door closed to him even though she has no real reason to let him in. She keeps telling him it's over but keeps letting him in--why?? None of it moved me, though I committed to finishing it, but I just couldn't care less about the empty, unlikable shells of people. I can see why it got less favorable reviews by critics elsewhere.
S/N: The daughter's dancing is as emotionless and robotic and awful as her parents' relationship.