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  Eros Review
Tookey's Rating
1 /10
Average Rating
4.48 /10
Gong Li, Chang Chen, Robert Downey Jnr
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Directed by: Wong Kar-Wai , Steven Soderbergh , Michelangelo Antonioni
Written by: Wong Kar Wai , Steven Soderbergh , Tonino Guerra

Released: 2004
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US / Italy / Hong Kong / China / France / Luxembourg / UK
Colour: C
Length: 104

Pretentious, soft-core porn portmanteau, which contains the worst work ever of three famous directors.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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The first is a would-be erotic chunk of tedium by Wong Kar Wei (who’s currently the most fashionable of the three, and whose segment will consequently be the most favourably reviewed). Set against the SARS epidemic, it shows a prostitute (Gong Li) dying of the disease, while still able to arouse the libido of a shy tailor who is besotted with her. There are moments of passion and beauty here, but the pace is turgid, and the depth and development of character minimal.

The second is a meaningless, meandering, drearily repetitive piece by Steven Soderbergh, about an ad executive (Robert Downey Jr) recounting an incredibly boring and unerotic sex fantasy to his shrink (Alan Arkin) who appears even less interested in it than the audience is.

The third manages – amazingly – to be even more tiresome, and is by the man to whom Eros is dedicated, the clapped-out nonagenarian Michelangelo Antonioni, whose last watchable film – Blowup – was made forty years ago.

The Dangerous Thread of Things is a rambling, pretentious, atrociously dubbed, incompetently performed account of a husband and wife bickering and breaking up.

If ever there was any doubt that Antonioni is a breast man, this movie dispels it. Essentially, this is an excuse for various generously-bosomed ladies to disrobe and dance about. It has all the allure and sophistication of a porno movie imagined by Peter Cook’s great park-bench intellectual, E.L.Wisty.

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