A three-part anthology film about love and sexuality: a menage-a-trois between a couple and a young woman on the coast of Tuscany; an advertising executive under enormous pressure at work, who, during visits to his psychiatrist, is pulled to delve into the possible reasons why his stress seems to manifest itself in a recurring erotic dream; and a story of unrequited love about a beautiful, 1960s high-end call girl in an impossible affair with her young tailor.
“Eros” is an anthology of three short films on the subject of eroticism and love, from a trio of the world’s most extraordinary directors, Wong Kar Wai, Steven Soderbergh, and Michelangelo Antonioni.
Wong Kar Wai’s “The Hand” is the story of a young tailor’s (Chang Chen) long-time unrequited love for a beautiful Hong Kong courtesan (Gong Li). Over many years, he lovingly crafts the clothes that she wears for other men. Over time, the seemingly unattainable fantasy woman loses everything, just as the tailor prospers in his career. Then the unexpected happens…
Steven Soderbergh’s “Equilibrium” is about a stressed-out 1950’s advertising man (Robert Downey, Jr.) who has been suffering from a series of recurring erotic dreams. During his session with psychiatrist Dr. Pearl (Alan Arkin), he describes his dream of a woman who is familiar to him—but he can’t recall who she is when he wakes up. Through the course of a very offbeat hour of therapy, we discover why that is.
Michelangelo Antonioni’s “The Dangerous Thread of Things” follows a fortyish married couple (Christopher Buchholz and Regina Nemni) that no longer have anything to say to one another. At an impasse, the man has a passionate one night stand with a free-spirited young girl (Luisa Ranieri), but this experience also fails to satisfy him. Later on, the wife and the girl meet….
Mostra del Cinema di Venezia 2004