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Conversations with Other Women
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01.19.2007 By: Scott Weinberg
Conversations with Other Women order
Director:
Hans Canosa

Actors:
Aaron Eackhart
Helena Bonham Carter
Olivia Wilde

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
While attending the wedding of some mutual friends, a guy and a gal strike up a flirtatious conversation -- but there's obviously some history between these two, right?
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I was at the 2006 SXSW Film Festival and my plane was heading home in about six hours. I had time to see just one more movie before the festival was finished, so (based on my long-standing affection for Ms. Helena Bonham Carter) I chose to take in a movie called CONVERSATIONS WITH OTHER WOMEN. Nine months later the movie was sitting in the middle of my Top 10 of 2006 list.

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."

THE EXTRAS
"EPK Feaurette" is pretty much what it sounds like: 4 minutes of cast and crew members briefly describing the movie. Kinda bland, but better than nothing, I suppose.

"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.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I've heard this movie dismissed as pretentious, gimmicky and tiresome, but for some reason it actually kinda hit me on a gut level. Needless to say I give it a fairly high recommendation.
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