Berlin, today. Very urban couple Hanna and Simon have lived together for years. Love, work, sex and daily life have meshed into combative harmony. Then Hanna meets Adam. And Adam meets Simon. Unexpectedly, all three fall in love. Everyone remains oblivious to the other's affair. But the secret slowly begins to confuse all three lovers, and it threatens to rupture their fragile relationship. THREE is an investigation into the emotional life of a generation that is trying to reconcile new possibilities and old longings.

Director's Statement

Love, work, daily life, and death are intertwined and formed anew in this story, fused in a different way. It is a film about closeness and distance, loneliness and peer pressure, about the dangers of intimacy and the temptation of the unfamiliar. THREE revolves around the longings, hopes, enigmas, and contradictions of three people approaching middle age, who have had to pose some fundamental questions about the so-called „successful“ lives they live. What does it mean today to live „properly“ – in a social, emotional, political, or private way? THREE is an attempt – at once tender and drastic, as ironic as it is serious – to describe the feeling that people have today as life brings them further away from birth and ever closer to death. The story telling methods used are sometimes elliptic, often fragmented, and then very strict, each one necessitated by the feeling being explored in each situation. In this way, the film investigates the condition of a generation that still – more or less doggedly – fights to depart from the patterns impressed upon them by their socialization.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Tom Tykwer

Written by: Tom Tykwer

Produced by: Stefan Arndt

Cinematography: Frank Griebe

Editing: Mathilde Bonnefoy

Production Design: Uli Hanisch

Original Score: Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil, Gabriel Mounsey, Tom Tykwer

Cast: Sophie Rois, Sebastian Schipper, Devid Striesow

Nominations and Awards

  • European Editor 2011
  • Feature Film Selection 2011