The Double Life of Eleanor Kendall (2008)

The Double Life of Eleanor Kendall (2008)
 
 

The Eleanor Identity

Lana Parrilla in The Double Life of Eleanor Kendall (2008) (aka: Mistaken)

After struggling to have a baby Nellie (Lana Parrilla) finds herself dealt the first of many blows when her husband, Jack (Martin Thibaudeau), not only wants a divorce but announces a woman he has been having an affair with is pregnant. It doesn't rain but it pours as when Nellie goes to buy a new home in her maiden identity she discovers someone else has stolen it and run up a load of bad debt. And old friend with a crush on her helps Nellie to track down where her identity thief lives, Montréal. Having turned up there to confront the impostor Nellie not only falls for British doctor Christopher Dolan (James Thomas) but ends up befriending the woman living as Eleanor (Bénédicte Décary) whilst keeping who she really is a secret. But things take an unanticipated turn when the truth comes out.

A scene of Nellie showering, a scene of her walking around in a bath robe, a scene of her messing about with her vest strap and plenty of scenes of her flirting with handsome British doctor Christopher who they end up getting things going. If that sounds like I am describing a Danielle Steele movie it has to be said that at times watching "The Double Life of Eleanor Kendall", which is also known as "Mistaken", feels like one with all the romantic, skin showing stuff which goes on and I am sure those who are fans of these types of romantic fantasies may find this side of "The Double Life of Eleanor Kendall" appealing although I found it coming across like it was trying too hard to be that way.

Bénédicte Décary in The Double Life of Eleanor Kendall (2008) (aka: Mistaken)

But there is of course the other side to "The Double Life of Eleanor Kendall" as she becomes close to the woman and her daughter who has been masquerading as her which of course means their will have to be come sort of danger before the movie is finished, that is if the directing can stop showing scenes of sucking face. But of course the mystery side of things ends up convoluted and not that interesting or at least not for me who wasn't that enamoured with the whole romantic side of the movie.

As for the acting, well this is short and sweet as for a movie where so much focus is on the romance it is understandable that the cast are easy on the eye. But the characters are not that well written and so the acting is pretty forgettable although typical for this sort of movie.

What this all boils down to is that "The Double Life of Eleanor Kendall" didn't do it for me and felt that rather than being a movie about a story of identity theft and mystery it was a movie built on a style of romance and mystery for those who find the appeal of romantic fantasies intoxicating.

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