|Starring:||Christopher Buchholz, Robert Downey Jr., Gong Li|
|Directors:||Michelangelo Antonioni, Steven Soderbergh, Wong|
|Run time:||1 hour 44 minutes|
|Rental release:||22 Jan 2007|
|Main languages:||English, Cantonese, Italian|
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Not bad, should have been better.By David Wing from Sheffield , 24 Jan 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]Eros tells three stories revolving around the subject of sex, with Arkin and Downey Jnr stealing the show. Alan Arkins' psychiatrist character looses interest totally in his patient and seeks other entertainment in the form of paper aeroplanes. The Wong Kar-Wai story is as beautifully shot as you would expect from the master and his long serving D.O.P. It is the Antonioni film that falls short. Almost as if at his ripe old age he's decided to just make a film with naked women...well, if you can't do it then, when can you? Over all, i enjoyed it. Arkin is
just superb...as usual. See 'Little Miss Sunshine' and 'Gross Pointe Blank' for a similar display.
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Three of an unkindBy Stephen from North Cornelly, South Wales , 09 Jul 2011This film comprises three shorts and a linking animated theme with a song named after Michaelangelo Antonioni written and sung by Caetano Veloso.
Eros was completely unknown to me - despite the fact that I am a big fan of WKW. Turning to reviews means looking towards what Americans make of these short films. All the critics invariably want to judge one film against the next and undoubtedly Wong Kar Wais film, The Hand, written, produced and directed to his usual impeccable style is the clear critical winner. Steven Soderberghs Equilibrium is equally well filmed, well cast and produces some memorable visual scenes. By comparison Michaelangelo Antonionis The Dangerous Thread of Things is absolutely rubbished.
Wong Kar Wais film seems to be very writerly despite the usual high visual standards and the fact that the story is told through visual images, I was left with a strong impression of the plotting of Guy de Maupassant if not the sentimentality of Emile Zola.
'Goodbye Shanghai' and 'Wotcha Cheever' in Sonderberghs tightly plotted Equilibrium. This was a real revelation, the only Soderbergh I actually remember was Sex Lies and Laura San Giacomo, but then when you go through the list theres Pleasantville and the excellent Good Luck and Good Night with another killer soundtrack.
The plain fact is that none of this would be where it is without Antonioni
No more ErosBy Minopater (261 reviews) from Wallington , 14 Mar 2011I've never been a great fan of 'portmanteau' films because the standard of the tales is invariably inconsistent, as is the case here. Overall I preferred The Hand, despite its claustrophobia, slow pace and predictability. The Soderbergh effort was amusing but irritating in parts too. The final piece by the ageing Antonioni was pure nostalgic self indulgence and an embarrassment.
A tale of three storiesBy JHawk (102 reviews) from Edinburgh, Scotland , 13 Sep 2010An unusual experiment of a film, featuring three short pieces linked by the theme of desire.
The first, The Hand (written & directed by Wong Kar Wai) is the best of the bunch and is an achingly beautiful portrayal of unrequited devotion. In a similar style to In The Mood For Love, The Hand is set in the sixties. Gong Li plays a high class prostitute, Miss Hua, who, using her hand (imagine in what way...), ultimately shapes the future of a young tailor Zhang (Chen Chang). Brilliant.
Equilibrium, written and directed by Steven Soderbergh, and starring Robert Downey Jnr and Alan Arkin, is a curious piece layering reality within dream. Not as good as The Hand, but better than the final short...
The Dangerous Thread of Things, directed and co-written by Michaelangelo Antonioni, is a muddled examination of a relationship falling apart, that features two very naked Italian women. Not much more to report about it than that.
The music throughout is excellent, the linking illustrations are interesting, but I would only go for this to catch Wong Kar Wai's excellent starter.
blank screenBy acrvee (9 reviews) from warrington , 08 Jun 2010not worth any effort watching quite a boring little film with no action a mish mash of supposed arty works
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Poor quality.By a customer from England , 04 Feb 2010This film is in such poor quality. You'd think Lovefilm, such a legitimate site could let you watch films you pay for in the standard you'd expect. I couldn't finish watching the film in such quality. You can't even determine faces.