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Movie Review: '3' -- 2 stars

Sebastian Schipper, left, and Devid Striesow in

Sebastian Schipper, left, and Devid Striesow in "3"

2 stars
Written and directed by Tom Tykwer
Starring Sophie Rois, Sebastian Schipper, Devid Striesow
Not rated

In the German film “3,” a couple beats the doldrums of their 20-year relationship by striking up affairs — but unbeknownst to them, the affairs are with the same man.

Hanna (Sophie Rois) is a brilliant TV personality, Simon (Sebastian Schipper) commissions art projects, and the unwitting third wheel is Adam (Devid Striesow), a handsome scientist who spends his spare time swimming, playing soccer, visiting an ex-wife and son, and having lots of sweaty sex with both genders.

Directed by Tom Tykwer (“Run Lola Run”), “3” is an awkward mash-up of erotica, comedy and obtuse philosophizing.

The ending, while pat and predictable, does leave you with a pleasant kumbaya buzz. It’s nice to encounter a movie that encourages open-mindedness. Still, those in a less charitable mood will probably just feel disappointed.

Playing at Angelika Film Center


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