The Taser's Edge

Conversations with Other Women (dir. Hans Canosa)

screenplay by Gabrielle Zevin
directed by Hans Canosa

Tonight: Conversations with Other Women starring Aaron Eckhart and Helena Bonham Carter.  I know you don’t believe me, but it’s not a romantic comedy (not that I knew that when I decided to watch it on Netflix Streaming via Wii).  While I have liked movies with both of those actors in them, I had never sought out a film to see them.  I will now.

Conversations is set at the wedding of Aaron Eckhart’s character’s sister.  At the reception, he (named in the credits as “Man”) starts a conversation with Helena Bonham Carter’s character (“Woman”) which lasts through the night, and we slowly learn that the two know each other from a past life.

If it sounds a bit like Richard Lanklater’s Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, that makes sense.  Those wonderful films charmed me in the same way as this one.  Conversation is at the heart of Conversations (surprise!), which makes for great acting–at least when skilled actors are involved, as they are here.  Conversations also likely owes something to a half-dozen of Woody Allen’s better films, where the dialogue dips into a wide range of very important and very inane topics.

Also, as much as I sometimes think films which constantly remind you that they are films can be gimmicky, this film is shot entirely in split-frame, and it is still all about story, not about filmery.

I would post the trailer, but it’s terrible, dumb, and misleading, and you wouldn’t want to see the movie if you watched it.  Instead, watch one of many funny and true scenes courtesy of Spiketv (yes, that Spiketv, and sorry if you have to watch a Spike ad to see the video).  And then watch the movie.

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I’ve never sought out an Aaron Eckhart film, either, but have always enjoyed him. I’ll have to check this out.

Comment by TJarrett

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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