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Conversations With Other Women: Review

December 25, 2010

So, Happy Christmas to all! We had a great day, with pictures to follow, but tonight to unwind, I watched a little movie I’ve been meaning to watch for years.

Released in 2006, this film won numerous awards and was a very low budget. It follows a man and a woman, who remain nameless, at a wedding reception where the man is the brother of the bride and the woman is the emergency seventh bridesmaid. It is alluded that they were once desperately in love while young and were married.

The film is shot entirely in split-screen, often with two different camera angles of each shot. The film took a remarkably short time to film, mostly because these scenes were only done once and there was no professional editing done. Frequently, the film flashes back to their time while married where they are shown together in the same screen section. Their older, more mature selves are mostly kept separate, noting the huge distance and the many obstacles between them.

The film takes place around nine years since she left him in New York and fled to London, where she is originally from. He is now with a very young Broadway dancer, she is married to a London cardiologist. One is reminded that there is always ‘one great love’ of everyone’s life- whether it is your spouse or not is another thing entirely. The man is obviously still deeply, unfathomably in love with the woman, who is so human that it is difficult to even hate her for her callousness.

Conversations With Other Women is a deeply empathetic, vulnerable piece of work. Aaron Eckhart is rogueish, charming and blase, while Helena Bonham Carter’s role is breakable, yet prickly and entirely realistic. Their younger parts are beautifully cast, and their acting is very practiced to mimic that of their mature counterparts. Ms. Bonham Carter is once again hypnotic and addicting in this role and, although Eckhart is not as invested, brings to life the character and story that every one of us has in our lives: our one great love.

 

 

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One Comment leave one →
  1. March 13, 2011 9:30 am

    There are some great emotionally true and rich moments that actually work, but the camera-work almost feels like too much of a gimmick, and sometimes takes away from the story as well as the great performances from these two. Good review, check out mine when you can!

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