- theatrical release 2010-12-23
- awards German Film Awards 2011
Nominated in 6 categories (best film, best direction: Tom Tykwer, Best Actress: Sophie Rois, Best Editing: Mathilde Bonnefoy
Best score: Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil, Gabriel Isaac Mounsey, Best Sound: Frank Kruse, Matthias Lempert, Arno Wilms)
Preis der deutschen Filmkritik 2011:
Devid Striesow als Bester Darsteller und Sophie Rois als Beste Darstellerin (mit Sibel Kekilli)
German Film Critics Association Award 2011
Best Actor: Devid Striesow, Best Actress: Sophie Rois (with Sibel Kekilli)
Bavarian Film Awards 2011
Best direction: Tom Tykwer, Best actress: Sophie Rois
- festivals World Premiere at 67. International Filmfestival Venedig
- website www.drei.x-verleih.de/de/
- director Tom Tykwer
- script Tom Tykwer
- producer Stefan Arndt
- cast Sophie Rois, Sebastian Schipper, Devid Striesow, Annedore Kleist, Angela Winkler, Alexander Hörbe, Winnie Böwe, Hans-Uwe Bauer
THREE is a tragicomical movie about love, morals and the sexes in a late-modernist German society at the mercy of its mixed feelings.
Berlin in the here and now. HANNA and SIMON, both in their early forties, have been living together as a couple for 20 years, as part of an establishment that never actually wanted to be one, and yet they distinctly define their values and norms and their idea of companionship. Both of them have made names for themselves in their respective professions - Hanna as an expert on cultural studies and the host of a TV program on cultural highlights, Simon as an art engineer. Their lives are well-rehearsed. As in many other long-term relationships, a great familiarity has replaced passion.
Hanna is a member of the German Ethics Council. There she has to grapple intellectually with ADAM, a stem cell scientist with East German roots. Although the two scholars carry out their dispute in an objective way, Hanna is fascinated by the younger man: She repeatedly runs into Adam at different spots in town, all by coincidence: at the theater, on the soccer field - and her curiosity is aroused by his free-wheeling attitude to life and his down-to-earth disposition. The two of them have an affair, but it won't be Adam's only one.
During this period, Simon has to assist his mother who is bed-ridden and dying. He is also quite abruptly confronted by one of his own demons: testicular cancer. While Hanna is secretly sleeping with Adam, Simon has to undergo an operation. A few weeks after surgery, he has the heart to go swimming again at an outdoor pool. There he meets a man who - in a surprisingly direct way - seduces him to have sex in the changing room: it is Adam. Confused by this encounter, Simon feels forced to intensively reassess his attitude towards himself, to Hanna and to life in general.
Unaware of the complicated web of relationships he is caught up in, Adam goes on living his life, riding his motorcycle, consulting his therapist, singing in a choir, attending judo training, visiting his 16-year-old son - who lives with the boy's mother - and going sailing. And he also takes turns meeting Hanna and Adam, both of whom he seems to make happy and both of whom seem to grow on him, a man who normally feels more at home with fleeting affairs.
In turn, his new impulse appears to rejuvenate Hanna and Simon's relationship - and after all those years of a "common law marriage" they even decide to get legally married. Of course, they have no idea that Adam is behind all their newly discovered emotions.
Adam, who is now unpleasantly enmeshed in his affairs, feels increasingly unable to cope with his double life. He continues to be clueless that the two people he has simultaneously fallen in love with are themselves intimately associated with each other. He seeks clarity. But when Hanna surprisingly becomes pregnant, their secret is exposed. Stunned, the three of them face each other. No one knew that there was a third person. So it's now a question of: "Who is the father?
- production company X Filme Creative Pool
- co-production WDR, ARD Degeto and ARTE
- editorial Barbara Buhl (WDR), Gebhard Henke (WDR), Jörn Klamroth (ARD Degeto), Andreas Schreitmüller (ARTE)
- dop Frank Griebe
- production design Uli Hanisch
- costume design Polly Matthies
- dvd release 2011-05-27
- duration 114 min.
- year of production 2010