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Conversations With Other Women (2006)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 61
Fresh: 45
Rotten: 16

Critics Consensus: Its occasional use of split screen may feel gimmicky at times, but Conversations With Other Women is a bold, inventive drama carried by its two charismatic leads.

Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 23
Fresh: 15
Rotten: 8

Critics Consensus: Its occasional use of split screen may feel gimmicky at times, but Conversations With Other Women is a bold, inventive drama carried by its two charismatic leads.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 11,864

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Movie Info

An encounter between two people with a shared past and conflicting futures is played out on a split-image screen in this offbeat drama. An unnamed man (Aaron Eckhart) and woman (Helena Bonham Carter) are enjoying drinks and cigarettes in a hotel room after attending a wedding reception. At first, the two seem to be playing a flirtatious game, as he cheerfully but confidently advances toward her, and she seems at once attracted and put off by his bravado. Their pas de deux is shot and edited in … More

Rating:
R (for language and sexual content)
Genre:
Drama , Art House & International , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Gabrielle Zevin
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Jan 9, 2007
Runtime:
Fabrication Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Conversations With Other Women

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (45) | Rotten (16) | DVD (6)

I was hooked to the screen, to the film's sense of time and place and risk, to the intelligence of the talk and the intimations of pleasure and regret in Bonham Carter's performance.

Full Review… | June 17, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

The film ultimately becomes too contrived to be anything but a fleeting diversion, but kudos to these emerging filmmakers for daring to make something a little bit different and, for the most part, intriguing.

Full Review… | September 15, 2006
Washington Post
Top Critic

The charm of Conversations With Other Women, a gimmicky but oddly moving two-character drama that flies in from who knows where, is its intelligent knowingness.

Full Review… | September 15, 2006
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Eckhart delivers a complicated performance, veering from aggressive to abashed, and stopping at puppy-eager, jealous, and conflicted along the way.

Full Review… | August 31, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

Eckhart delivers a complicated performance, veering from aggressive to abashed, and stopping at puppy-eager, jealous, and conflicted along the way

Full Review… | August 31, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

The gimmick has its poetic moments, but the actors can't do much to make screenwriter Gabrielle Zevin's strategems for characters seem like real people.

Full Review… | August 31, 2006
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Pining affair for mature art house fans.

Full Review… | December 18, 2010
Common Sense Media

Director Hans Canosa has made a split-screen experimental student film about two would-be lovers who connect after a wedding party in New York City.

Full Review… | April 19, 2009
ColeSmithey.com

...although infused with a number of truthful moments and an awfully romantic atmosphere, director Hans Canosa's use of split-screen remains a distraction throughout the film's admittedly brisk running time.

Full Review… | October 31, 2008
Reel Film Reviews

Engrossing from start to finish, Conversations with Other Women is a stimulating man/woman tussle about life, love and the whole damn thing. It's funny, unexpected, philosophical and romantic with a dash of melancholy thrown in for good measure

Full Review… | April 5, 2008
Urban Cinefile

Initially, the split screen seems like a quirky idea. But it gets old fast.

Full Review… | December 7, 2007
Eye for Film

An intriguing deconstruction of a failed relationship, long past its point of no return.

Full Review… | June 1, 2007
NewsBlaze

Canosa demonstrates a playful and inventive filmmaking style with this insightful story of a relationship told from various perspectives

Full Review… | May 5, 2007
Shadows on the Wall

A near-perfect amalgamation of cinematic technique and content.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

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."

Full Review… | January 23, 2007
DVD Clinic

The film is technically brilliant but emotionally shallow; take away the split screen gimmick, and you have a romantic drama that wouldn't be worth its running time.

Full Review… | January 11, 2007
DVDTalk.com

You spend more time watching the technique than the interplay between Carter and Eckhart.

Full Review… | November 16, 2006
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The observations about love and sex and time and memory are uncommonly sharp and true.

Full Review… | September 1, 2006
RogerEbert.com

There's a reason Before Sunrise and Before Sunset were done as two movies, not one.

Full Review… | August 31, 2006
Metromix.com

It's hard to imagine a Gallic film would make such an issue of Carter's character being over the hill at 40 or straight-facedly claiming that Eckhart is fat by any reasonable definition.

Full Review… | August 26, 2006
E! Online

Audience Reviews for Conversations With Other Women

½

HBC and Aaron Eckhart meet at a wedding, and we get the impression that it's not the first time. Their characters' history is hinted at in split-screen flashbacks with doe-eyed Nora Zehetner as the former, whose resemblance to early-aughts HBC is really quite inspired, but her accent could use a little work.

We know these ex-lovers are gonna fuck tonight, but the cat-and-mouse foreplay is still subtly suspenseful, with underhanded barbs and guarded tellings of their separate pasts. The script IS basic with no notable or quotable aphorisms, but I like that. The characters aren't trying to impress each other. HBC and Eckhart are so easy together that it's clear to see how the act of having sex doesn't really matter and how cheating on their SOs essentially isn't meant to be a hurtful or sinful thing, but a matter of course for the soul-connected.

I didn't love or hate the split-screen technique. At first I found it difficult to watch because I couldn't tell where the angles and POVs were, but I got over it and enjoyed the few moments where the screens showed the future and the characters' different reactions. The end when the screens match up confuses me though. Do they end up together? Should they?

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aliceinpunderland
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

A man and a woman flirt at a party, and we gradually learn that their history is far more complex and intertwined than at first glance.
This story is told completely using split screen, and though this gimmick works effectively at the end, most of it is truly annoying. Part of writing and filmmaking is about making choices - what to show, what to reveal through dialogue, images, or subtext - and this film abdicates many of the more important choices, electing instead to overload the viewer with too much information.
Also, I found the story rather cliche. We know fairly early what is going to happen here, and though the reveal at the beginning of the second act comes as a bit of a surprise, there isn't much beyond that.
There is an awful lot of dialogue - this is one of the most talky films I've seen recently - but there aren't many memorable lines or moments, and it seems like very little is actually communicated between these two characters.
What I liked were the few moments when the split screen worked to reveal each character as lonely and isolated and when the reaction was just as important as the words.
Overall, even if you find the gimmick interesting, I doubt the basic story will seem all that original.

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hunterjt13
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Cast: Helena Bonham Carter, Aaron Eckhart, Nora Zehetner, Erik Eidem, Thomas Lennon, Olivia Wilde, Cerina Vincent, Brian Geraghty, Brianna Brown

Director: Hans Canosa

Summary: Sparks fly at a wedding reception when a man (Aaron Eckhart) and woman (Helena Bonham Carter) with an ambiguous connection are reunited in this stylish romantic drama. As the layers of their past relationship gradually peel back, they rekindle a smoldering flame.

My Thoughts: "Unique directing style that I liked. I loved the story and how it played out. It gradually gives you bits and pieces of their story, which is smartly done keeping you intrigued the entire film. I just adore Helena Bonham Carter. She's such a great actress. Aaron Eckhart and Helena did a fantastic job at keeping your full attention. It can become very boring when a story just has one or two actor's through an entire film. But they are great actor's and managed without much to keep my attention. Great movie."

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LWOODS04
♥˩ƳИИ ƜѲѲƉƧ♥

Super Reviewer

½

This is a rather fascinating movie. The split-screen is a rather inventive way of telling this story, which is quite small and about a man and a woman whose relationship and feelings toward each other are not entirely clear, least of all to them. I very much enjoyed the way this film moved; it took its time getting where it was going, and revealed the characters' past very slowly and organically. The split screen allows the film to either separate the characters in space or give it a free hand with which to reach into the past or to another point in the present. The overall feeling is that the two, for whatever their relationship are never really together. The dialogue is also hypnotic and the performances ring very true. I should rent this again.

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MidnightMadwoman
Emily Armstrong

Super Reviewer

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