Eros movie review, Michelangelo Antonioni, Steven Soderbergh, Wong Kar-Wai, Gong Li, Robert Downey Jr. Review by Jeffrey M. Anderson
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3 stars
104 minutes | Rated: R
LIMITED: Friday, April 8, 2005
Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, Steven Soderbergh, Wong Kar-Wai

Starring Gong Li, Chang Chen, Luk Auntie, Robert Downey Jr., Alan Arkin, Christopher Buchholz, Regina Nemni, Luisa Ranieri

  • Steven Soderbergh
  • Gong Li
  • Robert Downey Jr.
  • Alan Arkin

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    Antonioni, Soderbergh, Wong Kar-Wai spin short tales of sexuality in anthology 'Eros'

     by Jeffrey M. Anderson (Combustible Celluloid)

    Three world filmmakers team up for this anthology exploring the ways in which people connect sexually. The strongest segment is Wong Kar-wai's "The Hand," starring Gong Li as an elegant courtesan who engages a tailor (Chang Chen) and, with a single stroke of her hand, keeps him at her service for years. Wong takes his fetish for form-fitting dresses to new heights, delighting in the delicate sighs of human hands on silky cloth. Steven Soderbergh's odd, funny segment, "Equilibrium," takes great joy in the bantering performances by Robert Downey Jr. as a seller of alarm clocks and Alan Arkin as a shrink. Soderbergh shoots in beautiful, moody black-and-white and teases with a couple of tingly sidebar mysteries, but eventually gets too crafty and loses his way.

    Finally grandmaster Michelangelo Antonioni returns to the cinema with "The Dangerous Thread of Things," an overly artsy and confusing metaphor, not helped by its odd and clumsy Italian dubbed soundtrack. In it, a man (Christopher Buchholz) fights with his wife (Regina Nemni) and then sleeps with another woman (Luisa Ranieri). Some scenes feel like dreams and others do not. This makes it difficult to grasp any passage of time, rendering the characters mere ciphers. Nevertheless, taken one at a time, many of the film's images are fascinating and strikingly beautiful; not many living filmmakers could match them. After all, it was Antonioni who inspired Wong and Soderbergh to make this film in the first place.

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