3 at Miami Beach Cinematheque and Cosford Cinema October 7-9

Location Info


Miami Beach Cinematheque

1130 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Category: Movie Theaters

Region: South Beach

Bill Cosford Cinema

1111 Memorial Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146

Category: Movie Theaters

Region: Coral Gables/South Miami


Starring Sophie Rois, Sebastian Schipper, and Devid Striesow. Written and directed by Tom Tykwer. 119 minutes. Not rated. 8:50 p.m. Friday through Sunday, October 7 through 9, at Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-4567; mbcinema.com. 7 p.m. Friday, October 7; 1 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, October 8; and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, October 9, at Bill Cosford Cinema, University of Miami Campus, 1111 Memorial Dr., Coral Gables; 305-284-4861; cosfordcinema.com.

After 20 years together, 40-ish arts professionals Hanna (Sophie Rois) and Simon (Sebastian Schipper) have succumbed to bed death. Other stresses burden the relationship: the passing of Simon's mother, his diagnosis of testicular cancer soon after, the insistence of writer-director Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run; The International) on constantly using split screens. A third party, genetic scientist Adam (Devid Striesow), unknowingly reignites the couple's lust by providing them each with a secret: Hanna begins an affair with Adam after meeting him at a conference; Simon, new to same-sexing, later gets a hand job from him at a public swimming pool. Although there's apparently nothing Adam can't do — advancing stem-cell research, sailing, motorcycle-riding, avant-garde choral singing, maintaining an excellent relationship with his ex-wife, bedding beauties of both genders — Striesow, with his gelatinous face, is an exceedingly uncharismatic screen presence. More willing suspension of disbelief — or suppression of giggles — is required when Adam, trying to assuage besotted Simon's uncertainty about how he should now define himself, instructs, "Say goodbye to your deterministic understanding of biology," a line last uttered by women's-studies majors circa 1987. Tykwer himself is unable to bid farewell to it, as is all too evident in the larded final scenes.

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