Hanna (Sophie Rois) and Simon (Sebastian Schipper) have been a couple for quite a while now and things are stagnating. It works but more because there’s no reason why it shouldn’t than because there’s a reason it should. When first Hanna, then Simon meet Adam (Devid Striesow) – separately from each other, they both sleep with him – also separately from each other. As both Hanna and Simon get more attached to Adam, their relationship with each other is more than being called into question.
I had actually forgotten that I had watched 3 before. It was only about 20 or 30 minutes into the film that I realized it and then I was pretty sure that I had at least never written about it, which was also wrong. I guess that’s already a pretty telling comment on the film itself. It’s far from bad, but somehow it just doesn’t really stick around.
The strongest moments of the film are also the moments I noted before: the opening scenes where we get to see two different introductions into Hanna and Simon’s relationship: first we see power cables flitting by from a moving train window, joining and separating, mirroring their relationship so far, then we get a (beautifully choreographed) dance scene that foreshadows what will happen in the film.
There were also other things I enjoyed about the film and that I didn’t appreciate that much five years ago when I saw it for the for the first time: above all, Devid Striesow’s performance. His Adam is cocky and completely self-assured. He knows what he wants and he will get it, especially when it comes to sex. He is clear about that. Yet he is not a complete asshole. In all his fierce indepence, there’s also a softness to Adam and a genuine good-naturedness that was enjoyable. Just because he is aggressive when it comes to flirting doesn’t mean that he is aggressive everywhere else. It’s quite clear why both Simon and Hanna would fall for him.
I also liked the intellectual discussions that are strewn throughout the movie, from genetics to art, though I am afraid that they don’t tie thematically into the film, or at least not as well as they could have.
While there is much to like about the film (and not just because it’s a different take on a love triangle for once), I still didn’t really fall in love with it. And after more or less completely forgetting about it the first time round, I don’t know how excitedly I’d recommend the film. But it certainly won’t hurt to watch it.