360 (2011)

360
Director: Fernando Meirelles
Writer: Peter Morgan
Based on: Arthur Schnitzler‘s Reigen (loosely)
Cast: Lucia Siposová, Gabriela Marcinkova, Johannes Krisch, Jude Law, Moritz Bleibtreu, Jamel Debbouze, Dinara Drukarova, Vladimir Vdovichenkov, Rachel Weisz, Juliano Cazarré, Maria Flor, Ben Foster, Anthony Hopkins

Plot:
Starting with a whore Mirka (Lucia Siposová) and her pimp Rocco (Johannes Krisch) in Vienna, 360 moves through various stories that are all somehow connected. From Paris to London and Denver it takes a look at the various kinds of relationships, infidelities and betrayals.

360 is a bit uneven. It has a good cast and some of the stories work perfectly, while others are bland or don’t fit. In short, it just doesn’t really come together.

There were a couple of storylines in the film that bothered me. First and foremost the storyline in Paris where a man (Jamel Debbouze) is introduced as he stalks a woman and then talks to a psychotherapist that he doesn’t know what’s happening, he’s never felt that way before and he never stalked anyone before. (Not that they ever call it stalking.) Also, it can never happen because he’s muslim and she’s married. And the advice the therapist gives him is not “get more therapy so that you stop stalking”, it’s “usually you only start feeling so strongly about a woman because she’s secretly into you and you only have to decide whether you can forget either that she’s married or that you’re muslim.” I mean, really? REALLY?

The other was the storyline about Tyler (Ben Foster), a recently released sex offender who is on his way to a half-way house to try and get back on his feet when he is trapped on the airport by a snowstorm, hit on very aggressively by Laura (Maria Flor) who drags him to her hotelroom where she basically sexually assaults him (not that they ever call it assault) and he is pretty much tempted to assault her right back. And while Ben Foster is amazing in the role (he usually is), the way it was written makes very little sense. First off, that Laura would want to bring Tyler back to her room in the first place seems very unlikely. He is consistently unfriendly and obviously a little unhinged – not somebody you’d pick for a one-night-stand. And then it is made quite clear that Tyler is actually a pedophile, but obviously “sex-offender” means that he’s also totally into raping adult women. So long as you can go to prison for it. [Now that I think of it, maybe that's his turn-on. The very famous illegalphilia.]

With the other stories I didn’t have that many issues – Jude Law and Rachel Weisz’s was just a bit boring and bland and Anthony Hopkins’ performance was a bit lackluster. But the stories revolving around Mirka and her sister Anna (Gabriela Marcinkova) worked extremely well for me and I enjoyed that a lot.

I also really liked the soundtrack – a very interesting mix of languages and genres that fit the movie very well.

But generally I was a little disappointed by Meirelles and Morgan – they have both done better work already.

Summarising: Inconsistent but not entirely bad.

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