At his sister's wedding, a man (Aaron Eckhart) reconnects with his long-lost ex-wife (Helena Bonham Carter), who has since moved to London and remarried. Shot entirely in a distracting split-screen format, featuring flashbacks of the two lovers when they were younger (played by Erik Eidem and Nora Zehetner).
Big question: Are these "Conversations" as compelling as the love rekindled in "Before Sunset"?
Skip it: There's a reason "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset" were done as two movies, not one. The split-screen format doesn't allow for enough shading of who these lovers were in the past and how they transitioned into their current adult versions--though the actors occasionally reveal flickers of their characters' former selves. More importantly, the absence of pain and regret prevent their past romance from achieving a sense of long-lasting sparkle.
Catch it: If you think bridesmaids are all vulnerable single women looking to find a man. Eckhart's character refers to them as "matrimonial interns."
Bottom line: Eckhart and Bonham Carter make this conversation worth listening to, but Gabrielle Zevin's script never involves you in the emotional weight of what's being said.
Bonus: Can't decide what movie to see this weekend? If you don't like talky flicks, the title of "Conversations with Other Women" pretty much makes the decision for you.
Matt Pais is the metromix movies producer.
'Conversations with Other Women'
Directed and edited by Hans Canosa; screenplay by Gabrielle Zevin; cinematography by Steve Yedlin; production design by Jodie Lynn Tillen; music by Starr Parodi and Jeff Eden Fair; produced by Ram Bergman, Bill McCutchen and Kerry Barden. A Fabrication Films release; opens Friday at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema. Running time: 1:24. MPAA rating: R (for language and sexual content).
Man - Aaron Eckhart
Woman - Helena Bonham Carter
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