Three Women in Love Review

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Georg (Herrschmann), a hermitic wordsmith who thinks he's a philosopher, takes time out from writing about Heraclitus to frolic with three real life muses who share a flat.


Three Women in Love (originally The Philosopher) is a genuine one-man effort with a Berlin-based recluse stuck inside his stuffy one-room flat. A philosopher by nature and training, Georg is suddenly propelled into the previously foreign area of hanky-panky when, on one of his rare visits out, he meets up with three perky shopgirls who invite him along to share a few shandies and a spot of rumpo over lunch.

Georg, not surprisingly, moves in to receive his round-the-clock pampering from all three maidens, even if he does still feel somewhat inhibited by the blatant upfront desires of Beate and Martha, keen to worship at the feet of Mr.Sensitive New Man. Throughout this entertaining if rather meandering structure, Thorne lets his camera linger on the tiny details of everyday life, the ritual of breakfast serving as one recurring leit­motif, showing the obsessiveness of Georg, the thoughtfulness of Martha and the simple good cheer of flatmate number three, Franziska.

A simple if occasionally undisciplined tale, Three Women In Love is a neat and low-key film likely to tap into the fantasy life of anyone currently eking a living out of writing alone at a desk.