A meditation on relationships, 'Conversations with Other Women' is one of those wordy and low-key films which is guaranteed to touch some people. Perhaps more so than they're willing to admit to themselves - or anyone else.
At his sister's wedding a man (Eckhart) picks up two glasses of champagne and moves in the direction of one her bridesmaids (Bonham Carter). Initially it seems as if they are complete strangers, but as they talk it becomes clear that their history is a lengthy one and will be aired over the course of the night.
Filmed in split screen (one camera on Eckhart, the other on Bonham Carter), 'Conversations with Other Women' manages to say a lot in its brief 84 minutes and successfully shows how memories and fact get blurred with the passing of time and shifting of emotions. And while director Canosa's decision to have two images on screen simultaneously jars a little in the initial stages, you get used to it quickly and shifting gaze from one character to the other energises the viewer.
Working off a script that would make a fine stage play, Eckhart and Bonham Carter are perfectly cast in the roles of the charmer who's more sensitive than he makes out and the woman who hasn't moved on as much as she'd like to think she has - fans of either - or both - are in for a treat. The chemistry between the duo is excellent - and credible - and the use of two younger lookalike actors on one side of the screen at certain times adds to the poignancy of the storyline.
Canosa and writer Gabrielle Zevin are keener on raising more questions than they answer and if you're looking for neat and tidy resolutions this film may frustrate you. But if you're someone who believes that relationships are never really over then satisfaction is guaranteed.