I saw a spectacular movie last night that I'd never heard of but popped out at me on my Netflix homepage. Conversations with other Women is a look at how two individuals deal with their past and how it affects their respective future. It stars the lovely Helena Bonham Carter and the amazing Aaron Eckhart (I am more and more impressed by him). It's shot split-screen which is sort of distracting at first but once you get accustomed, it adds that much more depth to the film.
It seems we are always drawn to movies that depict our current mood and specific take on life at the moment. When I was happily dating my ex-boyfriend, I never watched romantic comedies or even heartbreaking love stories such as this one. I felt it was an insult to watch any movie that stereotyped relationships as meet-fall in love-obstacle-man or woman realizes they love the other protagonist-happy ending. I also felt no need to watch the sad love films because I naively thought that love could conquer all and that any anguish or longing felt in a relationship was unnecessary. If you love each other, that's it, be happy.
After getting my heart broken, I now see how refreshing-although still unrealistic-a romantic comedy can be. The notion that there is a man out there who would fight for our love-it's almost encouraging. A movie like Conversations with other Women highlights the fact that love is most certainly not enough. I am convinced that I am destined to be one of those women who doesn't meet her other half-if you will-in her youth. I have this feeling that I'll be a wise and mature 40 year old bride. A couple of years ago, that would have terrified and depressed me. Now, it is sort of comforting and it makes me feel better about the reckless, youthful mistakes I have made and will undoubtedly continue to make.
Oh by the way, in the film, the gorgeous Nora Zehetner plays a young Helena Bonham Carter. I absolutely adore her little face.