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I apologize, but "Eros" is a collaboration film consisting of three different segments directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, Steven Soderbergh, and Wong Kar-wai respectively. It was released in 2004, not 2009. The first segment, directed by Antonioni, is titled "The Dangerous Thread of Things." It tells the story of a man (Christopher Buchholz) who is torn between his love for his wife (Regina Nemni) and his attraction to a younger woman (Luisa Ranieri) whom he meets on a deserted beach. As the man tries to make sense of his emotions and desires, he begins to unravel and his relationships with both women become increasingly complicated.
The second segment, directed by Soderbergh, is titled "Equilibrium." It follows the story of a man (Robert Downey Jr.) who visits a psychiatrist (Alan Arkin) to seek help for his sexual compulsions. As the man recounts his experiences, the line between reality and fantasy begins to blur and he becomes unable to distinguish between his desires and his memories.
The third and final segment, directed by Wong Kar-wai, is titled "The Hand." It tells the story of a young tailor (Chang Chen) who is asked by a famous courtesan (Gong Li) to create a dress for her. As the tailor works on the dress, he becomes increasingly entranced by the courtesan's beauty and begins to fall in love with her. However, the courtesan is unable to reciprocate his feelings and their relationship takes a tragic turn.
Overall, "Eros" is a visually stunning and thought-provoking film that explores themes of love, desire, and human connection. Each segment is unique and offers a different perspective on these themes, making for a rich and varied viewing experience. The performances are all outstanding, particularly Gong Li's haunting portrayal of the courtesan in Wong Kar-wai's segment. While the film may not be to everyone's taste, it is certainly worth watching for those interested in art-house cinema and experimental storytelling.