In his 2004 film Antares, Austrian filmmaker Götz Spielmann explores three separate storylines. He uses a now common technique of telling the same story from multiple points of view. Each of the three stories is about a different family in the same apartment block. The storylines explore a nurse in an unhappy marriage who is having an affair, a young woman who has major trust issues with her boyfriend and an aggressive, violent realtor who likes to abuse his ex. This isn’t going to be a feel-good film.
Antares comes out swinging, aggressively trying to get your attention. The first third of the film, dealing with Eva (Petra Morzé), the adulterous nurse, is mostly graphic, remarkably unsexy “real sex” scenes in a hotel room. And while it makes sense that Eva might need an outlet from her unhappy marriage, her complete lack of any visible physical emotions clashes with swearing her devotion for her lover, Tomasz (Andreas Patton), or her overly calm admission of her affair to her husband.
Meanwhile Eva’s neighbor Sonja (Susanne Wuest), who also works at the local grocery store, has told the boyfriend that she doesn’t trust that she’s pregnant. She’s not. And she’s right to not trust him as Marco’s sleeping with a neighbor who has a son with Alex, the angry realtor who won’t let his ex go. Literally tying her to a chair at one point. Apparently she doesn’t listen well.
While the storytelling style of depicting separate tales which are still intertwined is far from uncommon anymore, Antares executes the technique effectively. But the fact that the stories really don’t go anywhere and offer no resolution is disappointing. The opening sex scenes aren’t exactly gratuitous, per se, but quickly become predictable and boring by being too overt. It’s somewhat reflective of the entire film.
(Trailer is, unfortunately, not subtitled in English.)