Conversations with Other Women

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1 h 25 min2005PG
When a man and woman flirt at a wedding reception, the sexual tension seems spontaneous. The flirtation turns into a night filled with passion and remorse.
Directors
Hans Canosa
Starring
Aaron EckhartHelena Bonham CarterBrian Geraghty
Genres
Comedy
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English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
Brianna BrownThomas LennonNora ZehetnerOlivia WildeCerina VincentMadison Davenport
Producers
Ram BergmanBill McCutchenKerry Barden
Studio
ITN
Rating
PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
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119 global ratings

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M&MReviewed in the United States on October 2, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Why?
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Just started watching to fill in space while exercising & already bothered by something. How come Amazon cannot put the correct year of the movie release (not their own odd dates for whatever reason) so you are not wondering why the actors look much younger & maybe wanting to see a new movie you have not seen (although this one I don't think I have seen). This movie is from 2005, not 2018. (they do this so so often)
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HouyhnhnmReviewed in the United States on June 7, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Strong screenplay could make a powerful stage play
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SPOILER ALERT: This review has no spoilers. If you don't want a spoiler, don't read any other reviews, because virtually all of them reveal a critical dramatic twist that works a lot better if you don't know it's coming.

Amazon's presentation of "Conversations With Other Women" horrendous. There are actually two very different versions of this movie. The theater release, which is titled "Conversation(s) With Other Women" and is available on DVD, is drastically different from the streaming version. Amazon has combined these two movies into one listing so it is impossible to review them separately. I'm almost certain the dialogue is the same in the two releases, but they are radically different visually. The original is filmed entirely in split screen, with one camera on the man and one on the woman. Nevertheless, I give the original split screen version five stars because the approach is so groundbreaking and audacious. The version that's currently available on Prime has been re-edited so it looks like it's conventionally filmed. Since I expect most people are reviewing the Prime version, my rating and most of my comments refer to the Prime version, though obviously many comments apply to both versions.

"Conversations" has a very talky script, consisting almost entirely of conversation between two people, conversation that is too scintillating and clever to be totally believable, but immensely enjoyable for those of us who are into that sort of thing. The focus of the plot is totally on a couple's relationship. The focus in a literal sense is almost entirely on the characters, usually on head and shoulders or just head -- and almost never on the sets. Not counting flashbacks, I count seven sets: a ballroom in a nice hotel, a room in the hotel, the roof of the hotel, a hall, an elevator, and two cabs. "Conversations" was probably never in the conversation for set design awards.

With a little work, the movie could be adapted into a play with just two sets. This is such an intimate movie, I think live actors on a small stage could elevate the screenplay to a world-class theater experience. Anyway, the writer should do the adaptation if for no other reason than to get the resume item.

Besides the simple staging, this movie makes me think of a play in the way it goes from light and funny to dark and brooding. "Steel Magnolias," which started as a play before it was a movie, follows this pattern. "Conversations" is nowhere near as dark as "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" which goes from dark to near black, but it does delve into the characters' pain and ambivalence about their lives.

The movie drags some in the middle third, but overall I think it's first-rate writing and acting. I didn't give the movie that's available on Prime four stars because as much as I admire the writing and acting, I just didn't get quite enough emotional involvement to award five stars. I think the script and the delivery are so clever that they create some emotional distance from the viewer. Actors in a stage play would have a much easier time bridging that distance. I also have a trivial gripe over the title. The word "conversations" fits the movie perfectly, but "other women" is senseless.

I would definitely give 'Conversations' nine stars out of 10 if we had that option.

Concerning the original all-split-screen version, I watched it after getting very familiar with the streaming version, and I still found that following the intense dialogue and simultaneously processing two screen images at once was totally overwhelming and exhausting. Maybe people who regularly watch complicated movies and play a lot of video games have synapses that fire fast enough to keep up, but I can't. However, I will give five stars to movies that are stunningly innovative, even if they don't work artistically, and this is one.

The director's commentary on the DVD is fascinating because he talks a lot about dealing with the split-screen filming and the thinking behind it. A short he made to pitch the film is also fascinating. A kind of technical short about some special effects make my eyes glaze over. The "interview" with the lead actors is of less use than most of this sort of extra because the director asked the questions instead of answering them. It's the usual gushing about what a fabulous movie this is and everybody loves and respects everybody else. If the director has a chance to speak in these affairs, we have a slightly better chance of getting some insight. I think the actors provide three minutes at most talking about how the unusual concept of the movie affected their work.
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accentriqueReviewed in the United States on July 14, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
coudn't believe how beautiful this film was.
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Helena Bonham Carter is breathtakingly beautiful in this movie and her acting is great, as always. The film is about two people who are given another chance to reconnect at their friend's wedding . The chemistry between them is undeniable, their passion is captured beautigully . I also liked the tenderness of their memories interwoven with their present lives. They look totally in love with each other, but it seems like the kind of passion tht can't survive the everyday existance . It's a beautiful fantasy and they both know it.
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neaReviewed in the United States on August 30, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Good Acting
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The movie has a dual perception going on. and truthfully it is very hard to watch, things happen so quickly and they flip positions until you just get confused as to whom you are watching. I wasn't a real fan of this type of movie. It was mostly dialogue and went around in circles. Jumped from past to present, gave a very unclear picture of what was actually happening, The young man and the adult man weren't really cast very well, it was very very hard to imagine that the young Erik would look the same as the older Erik. But that is a small thing. It was a nice move in a way, but it didn't go anywhere, and at the end, he really wanted her and she was going home to her family and then in the cab he asked are you married and she said NO. So I was left totally confused. I hate movies about people that are so messed up. She was never really a nice person not when young and not older. Very self centered.
VictorienReviewed in the United States on October 21, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Too many clichés, not enough characters
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I personally didn't really like the movie.

Good elements :
- a parallel with the characters' past and youth
- a lot of conversation (not always interesting, though)
- the movie didn't last too long
- as a whole, it still is a little bit entertaining

Bad elements :
- dialogs are full of clichés, especially towards the end of the movie
- not enough characters, tends to lack tension and unpredictability
- no variety in the settings (almost everything happens in the hotel room)
- no variety in the music (all the soundtrack is by Carla Bruni)
- the characters tend to be shallow, the man is especially needy and cheesily romantic

I'm sure they could have made a better movie with the same plot.
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Anastasia McPhersonReviewed in the United States on February 20, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Heartbreak of Love, Regret and Missed Chances
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Generation X is a small generation and a dismissed generation and our emotional and social moment has been mostly overlooked in narrative, which is a shame as born into the social and sexual revolution and the height of second wave feminism and coming of age when sexual and social rules were at a nadir gives us an interesting perspective on the dance between the sexes. Conversations with Other Women, [[ASIN:B003E7ESEK Which Brings Me to You: A Novel in Confessions]] and [[ASIN:B001N9ESQ4 Before Sunset]] are the main representations of serious, considered romance for this generation.

Two guests meet at a wedding in Manhattan. At first we think that it is a chance meeting of strangers who may or may not indulge in a one night stand. Through the use of piercing dialogue and split screens that take us simultaneously to the past, present and future, we learn that these two people were once married and passionately in love and that they may finally be able to give that love the maturity and attention it deserves. Except that circumstances are against them. The man mostly refuses to grow up and the woman is stably if boringly married and neither are entirely willing to throw comfortable circumstances to the wind to pursue what may be only a romantic dream.

The dialogue and emotional resonance of the actors as they explore these circumstances is compelling and affecting. Will love conquer all? Or is it too late? The movie offers no easy answers and is a wonder to watch on many levels. Highly recommended especially to members of Gen X and those who like experimental film styles.
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J. BurkeReviewed in the United States on September 30, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Nice, Easy Movie
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This was a movie primarily driven by the dialog between the two leads. Some people don't like that. In this film, we see Helena Bonham Carter as many of us older guys fantasize about her: a hot, sexy woman. Nothing like blowing it with someone like this when you were younger. That's what happened to this guy.
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maskirovkaReviewed in the United States on August 9, 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very Well Done
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Warning...spoilers

This is an intriguing movie. I normally don't like films that are all dialogue, but "Conversations with Other Women" hooked me pretty quickly. I think it's all down to the fact that Helena Bonham-Carter and Aaron Eckhart having a great deal of charisma and chemistry together and the fact that the dialogue rings true and sparkles.

As for the split screen depiction, initially I found myself hoping it would go away, but once I settled into the movie, I didn't mind it and thought it sometimes added to the story (but it would be interesting to see a version where most everything was done on one screen).

Turning to the story, it's pretty simple. Bonham-Carter and Eckhart meet at a wedding. At first, they way they talk, you would think they don't know each other. But then you start to realize and the film reveals that they were once married and that marriage ended with Bonham-Carter's character packing up and moving to London and marrying an older man. Eventually, the two (ex)lovers retire to her hotel room and have sex and talk about the past and the future.

I think it's a testimony to the chemistry that the two stars have and the dialogue of the film that I did not find their actions sleazy or reprehensible (Bonham-Carter's character cheating on her husband and Eckhart cheating on his much younger girlfriend). Through their conversations and the flashbacks shown on the split screen, we see just how much love and passion once existed between them. I'm left with the opinion that their divorce happened so quickly and they were cut off from each other so rapidly, their love didn't die but just went on hiatus...only to come back at full burn when they met again at the wedding.

I'm left wondering what would happen after the story ended. Frankly, it's hard to see how either of them could have just gone back to where they were before (for example, Bonham-Carter's character's protestations that she's happy in her life in London ring false...and Eckhart makes it very clear that he never got over her). I'd like to think that in the fictional world where these two lovers exist, Bonham-Carter's character did return to London and wound up her marriage there before coming back to Eckhart's character in New York. I couldn't help but notice that the split screen finally united at the very end of the movie and perhaps that symbolizes a hopeful future.

The movie isn't perfect. I thought that a bit of the sex scene in the hotel was rather graphic (not for me, but older and more conservative people would probably be put off by it). Also, the idea that the two characters would have identical cell phones that would allow Bonham-Carter's character to answer a call from Eckhart's girlfriend seemed a bit improbable (as did the idea that the girlfriend would not have instantly realized why this had happened). But those aren't significant enough flaws to take away from the rewarding experience that watching the film was for me (and I bought a copy from amazon.com right before posting this).
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