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Though Wong's short lives up to the promise of the title, Antonioni's is a serious disappointment.



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Three of the world's most gifted filmmakers offer their own unique perspectives on love and lust in this omnibus film. The initial episode, "The Hand," was directed by Wong Kar-Wai, and tells the story of Zhang (Chang Chen), a young, virginal dressmaker's assistant who finds it difficult to control his desire when he is sent to the home of Hua (Gong Li), a beautiful and refined prostitute, for a fitting. Steven Soderbergh directed the film's second story, "Equilibrium," in which Nick Penrose (Robert Downey Jr.) spends a session with his analyst (Alan Arkin) discussing a recurring dream of a beautiful naked woman in his apartment, but he keeps wandering off on tangents about alarm clocks and hair loss. Finally, Italian virtuoso Michelangelo Antonioni brings his short story The Dangerous Thread of Things to the screen, a story of a jaded couple, Christopher (Christopher Buchholz) and Chloë (Regina Nemni), whose relationship comes to a crossroads when both husband and wife become infatuated with the same woman, Linda (Luisa Ranieri).

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Li Gong
as Miss Hua
Robert Downey Jr.
as Nick Penrose
Alan Arkin
as Dr. Pearl/Hal
Luisa Ranieri
as The Girl/Linda
Tin Fung
as Master Jin
Auntie Luk
as Hua's Servant, Ying
Zhou Jianjun
as Hua's Lover, Zhao
Yim Lai Fu
as Tailor
Un Chi Keong
as Hotel Concierge
Ele Keats
as The Woman/Cecelia
Cecilia Luci
as Girl by the Cascade
Karima Machehour
as Girl by the Cascade
Maria Bosio
as Guest at the Restaurant
Carla Milani
as Guest at the Restaurant
Vinicio Milani
as Guest at the Restaurant
Ugo Quattrini
as Guest at the Restaurant
Jason Cardone
as Guest at the Restaurant
Carin Berger
as Guest at the Restaurant
Enrica Antonioni
as Guest at the Restaurant
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Critic Reviews for Eros

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  • I guess one out of three ain't bad.

    Jul 31, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Anthologies by their inherent nature tend to be highly uneven. And Eros proves no exception, with the individual sections ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous.

    Oct 10, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Tom Dawson
    Top Critic
  • An excruciating festival of middlebrow good taste.

    Sep 23, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Three smart filmmakers produce three whiffs on the theme of love.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
  • The auteurist feast turns out to be a paltry spread, with one director on autopilot, another playing it safe, and the last apparently working on assignment for the European Red Shoe Diaries.

    Sep 26, 2005

    Scott Tobias

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • It is fairly melancholy news that the works of two of Antonioni's admirers outshine the master's segment.

    Jul 8, 2005

Audience Reviews for Eros

Both Steven Soderbergh's and Michaelangelo Antonioni's segments are very interesting and for the most part flawless, but I really wasn't taken with Kar Wai Wong's. The first segment is just so repetative and drawn out for no reason, especially when the love story isn't even powerful. However, Robert Downey Jr. and Alan Arkin make up for it ten fold in a truly funny and powerful therapist session. I liked the b&w vs. color transition, it made the story feel all the more dreamlike. The relationship analysis in Antonioni's final segment is really a unique type of film making. It's not simplistic in its message, but the minimalistic visuals really put you in a unique mood.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

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The Hand & The Equilibrium were good, But I didn't like Antonioni's The Dangerous Thread Of Things

Arash Xak
Arash Xak

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The only thing that brings the film down is Antonioni's very weak segment.

Michael S
Michael S

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[font=Century Gothic]"Eros" is a collection of three short languid films by three noted directors:[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]1. Wong Kar Wai's "The Hand" is about the relationship between a tailor(Chang Chen) and a prostitute(Gong Li). And it might have worked if Wong Kar Wai had stopped with their first meeting, but errs by trying to shoehorn their entire relationshp into the short running time.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]2. Steven Soderbergh's "Equilibrium" is about an ad executive(Robert Downey Jr) talking to a psychologist(Alan Arkin) about a recurring dream. A nice setup, fabulous performances, great black and white cinematography all go to waste by the time it implodes at the end.[/font] [font=Century Gothic]3. Michelangelo Antonioni's "The Dangerous Side of Things" is about a bickering couple(Christopher Buchholz & Regina Nemni) going to a restaurant...and that's pretty much it.[/font]

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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