Conversations with Other Women (2005)

Conversations with Other Women (2005)
 
 

Wedding Talk

Helena Bonham Carter and Aaron Eckhart in Conversations with Other Women (2005)

At his sister's wedding a Man (Aaron Eckhart - Paycheck) starts to chat with a woman (Helena Bonham Carter - Frankenstein) who is a bridesmaid. Their chat meanders along through various subjects from their youth to marriage whilst all the time we come to wonder whether they have met in the past.

I had an inkling that "Conversations with Other Women" was not going to be me and sadly I was right. Now I must point out that the version I saw was the single frame cut and so I did not have the pleasure or maybe displeasure of the original version which was presented entirely in split screen but the lack of the split screen may be part of why I was left under whelmed.

Now you might be asking why "Conversations with Other Women" didn't work for me and it is because in my walk of life I don't mix in the circles which speak in the way the two central characters do through out the movie. It is an issue I have had with other movies which focus mainly on the discussions between two people because frankly I find it pretentious and boring. Now in fairness this one unlike other movies has this interesting element of these two thirty some things might have met sometime in the past or have some connection which we need to work out. That one element makes it a little interesting but only a minor distraction to what to me often feels forced and fake, although in all fairness when the woman says "don't mind him, he's just trying to get laid" it made me smile.

But despite finding "Conversations with Other Women" a slog I have to admit that Aaron Eckhart and Helena Bonham Carter deliver their parts well, bringing layers to their characters which makes it a little less monotonous. But did I find their characters interesting enough to really become engaged with their discussions or consider the deeper context of what their conversations are about? Nope I found them impossible to warm to.

What this all boils down to is that "Conversations with Other Women" is not for me as I found it hard to become interested in what seemed a lot of pretentious talk which didn't ring true. As such if you are the sort of person who willingly strikes up philosophical conversations with strangers you might be more interested than I was.

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