Movie Review
Three Times

By: Josh Timmermann

Posted 01/20/2006 - 10:47:40 AM by Justedieu:
 Nice to see you review it and love it. This was one last year's best film, I just adored it. Your review is great, I remember feeling exactly what you've just said about it (though I couldn't manage to express it properly). I also appreciated the irony of this movie : the characters never speak as much as when the film is silent. Amazing film, great review!
Posted 01/20/2006 - 11:41:00 AM by helmet52:
 Sounds like a great film. However, I wish a few of the reviewers on Stylus would make mention as to the accessability of some of the films reviewed here. Can this film be seen in major cities or is it available on DVD? Many of the films reviewed on Stylus are "under the radar" films and it would help to know how they can be seen.
Posted 01/20/2006 - 03:51:06 PM by _Franz:
 been hoping to see this review for a while. it's enough for me to break my stylus-posting maidenhead. add me to the chorus of people who thinks this was the best film that came out last year. i had the chance to catch it at Telluride last fall, alongside stuff like Cache, L'Enfant, and Paradise Now. Even though Haneke's film seemed flawless--as in i wouldn't alter a frame--nothing affected me as emotionally as Three Times. The cinematography is jaw-droppingly gorgeous throughout, and the three part structure is a really ingenius way to fuck with the sensory palette of the audience: moving from idyllic to silent to all out sensory intensity. For me, there was nothing like the feeling i got, having just sat through a large chunk of very subtle silence, only to feel the bass absolutely blasting through the speakers in the club scene, totally my whole body and the chair i was sitting in. you (and a lot of other people i've spoken with about it) speak about the alienated quality of the final segment, and this is something i have to take issue with. maybe it's just because i'm a total form nut, and couldn't think anything other than super happy thoughts during a sequence that beautiful, but what i got was a sense of how atomized any conception of "love" becomes in this sequence. rather than locating it one place (one person) it seems to be scattered across the whole frame, as Hou and his characters romance every pixel of space, every surface of potential interaction. i'm not even sure Hou would agree with me on this one, but what i got from the film is a sense of just how DIFFERENT (not better or worse), and particular "love" is from situation to situation. i think this is fascinating because this sort of chronology-montage sort of narration almost always seems to be saying the exact opposite. anyhow, really dug the review sorry for the length of this response... people should really see this!!!
Posted 01/20/2006 - 03:55:06 PM by _Franz:
 in spite of my shit grammar even!!! (scratch "totally" from that sentence in the middle, that seems easiest... promise to edit next time.)
Posted 01/21/2006 - 12:35:45 AM by J.Timmermann:
 helmet52: Three Times screened at festivals (Cannes, Toronto, Telluride, NYFF) last year and played commercially in Europe. It will HOPEFULLY receive a theatrical run in the U.S. sometime this year. In the meantime, if you have a region-free DVD player, it's available as an HK DVD with excellent video and audio quality, but poorly translated English subtitles.
Posted 01/21/2006 - 12:14:18 PM by helmet52:
 Thanks Josh. Can I make a suggestion to Stylus? For some of these lesser known films, maybe the writer could put an italicized sentence or two at the bottom of the review telling the reader how/where the film can be seen. For instance, "this film can be seen in select major cities" or "this film will be available in DVD format in the coming months". I think this would add greatly to the value of the review.