Helena Bonham Carter
The story is simplicity itself: Boy meets girl -- and slowly we begin to realize that these folks have a real (and perhaps uncomfortable) "history" together. I've spoken to a few critics who disagree, but to me the beauty of CONVERSATIONS lies within the, well conversations. Much of the dialogue between Helena Bonham Carter and Aaron Eckhart (both excellent here) smacks of real-life yearning, flirting, angst and heartache. In addition to bringing a disarmingly strange "split-screen" gimmick to his non-traditional love story, direct Hans Canosa seems well aware that Gabrielle Zevin's screenplay is something of a small gem.
I'd be tempted to call CONVERSATIONS WITH OTHER WOMEN reminiscient of Woody Allen's earlier (and more chat-intensive) works, but that wouldn't be entirely accurate. The movie arrives with a sincere heart, a wink in its eye and an appreciable sensitivity regarding the things that ex-lovers might talk about. The flick might be not much more than a bunch of coy and introspective chit-chat, but I found the players quite engaging, the screenplay impressively insightful, and the mild surprises quite welcome indeed.
Plus I think it's one of the most realistically romantic movies I've seen in a while. And I'm not easily impressed by what generally passes for "movie romance."
"Why Split Screen?" is another 4-minute piece in which the director shares his thoughts on a cinematic gimmick that hasn't seen this much play since Brian De Palma's CARRIE.
You'll also get a 21-minute block of interviews with stars Helena Bonham Carter & Aaron Eckhart, director Hans Canosa and producer Kwesi Collisson, a 14-minute "Tell Your Story" featurette in which the filmmakers discuss the film up at the Telluride Film Festival, a 4-minute Director's Demo Reel, and the theatrical trailer.