Eros (1 star)

(15) 115min (Artificial Eye DVD retail)

How could such an intriguing idea go so horribly, flaccidly wrong? If the demonstration of some pent-up sexual emotion was needed, who better to call than Messrs Antonioni, Soderbergh and Kar-wai to unleash a cinematic torrent? Except this shambolic triptych (a kind of New Pork Stories if you will) wastes everyone's time, with each segment actually getting progressively worse.

Kar-wai's tale is of typically restrained passion between a tailor and a harlot, Soderbergh gets all noir on us with a softboiled tale of an ad exec's dirty dreams while Antonioni's dubbed ménage a trois monstrosity is an insult to his own intelligence. The mini-movies are tedious when they should be stirring and embarrass when they should scintillate. Fortunately, there are few extras of note to wade through, some potted histories of the three directors and a trailer that hints at far better things than the movie ever delivers.


  • 3 stars
  • 2006
  • US / China / Italy
  • 1h 46min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Wong Kar Wai, Steven Soderbergh, Michelangelo Antonioni
  • Cast: Christopher Buchholz, Li Gong, Alan Arkin, Robert Downey Jr

Three internationally feted directors each contribute to a trilogy of half hour films about erotic love: 'The Hand', 'Equilibrium' and 'The Dangerous Thread of Things'. An enticing prospect, but this portmanteau project veers from the sublime to the ridiculous, with Antonioni's effort an excruciating embarrassment.