The Other Man (2008)
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"The Other Man" is an engaging romance about adultery and triangle of love among the husband, the wife and her lover. The story is supported by the excellent Liam Neeson, Laura Linney and Antonio Banderas but unfortunately the suspenseful screenplay has a disappointing conclusion. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "O Amante" ("The Lover")
It's gutsy, deals with real emotions colouring them in hither and thither as the scenes flick by in a non linear time line. That may sound like it's complex - it isn't. You are taken on a journey focusing on Peter, his wife being the essential background to the story, with his wife's lover the foil on which they both tread.
If you're looking for a stereotypical Hollywood scorned husband movie, move along, you'll find no joy here. This is real life in content, pace and dialogue. It's not boring, its not slow and it is captivating. I dare any man who has been cheated on by the love of their life not to be deeply moved by this film. The same probably goes for women. As the story unfolds, there's another group of people that will be moved, and that's for you to discover.
The ending is how it should be given the subject matter - some level of completion. And there's plenty to talk about afterwards. I'd love to say more but that would be giving away too much.
Great acting by all, though Liam Neeson has, and holds firmly, the centre stage.
I give this a low end of 9/10 if that's possible. Enjoy!
Peter worked out her plan in the end and that just made him forgive her and love her regardless - hence the 'thank god for Ralph' at the party and the comment to his daughter at the station 'she didn't know us at all did she'.
Liam Neeson and Antonio Banderas provide subtle and mature performances, with Romola Garai outstanding as the daughter.
The film is beautifully shot on location in Milan and Lake Como as well as in London and Ely.
The plot twists are effective, leaving one to reflect on how little we can truly know of the people around us.
Nevertheless, the denouement feels a little forced, even if a logical conclusion to the narrative.
Performances. Liam Neeson is utterly brilliant here. He was a man on a mission, and his intense performance had me on the edge of my seat, it's one of my favorite performances of his. Antonio Banderas is equally as good as the slick, yet caring character who wants Neeson's wife's heart, his charisma and charm is hard to beat. Laura Linney is great in her screen time as the widowed wife, I felt for her, even if she was wrong.
Bottom line. The Other Man will stay with you for a while when it's all over. Don't be fooled by the somewhat lowish rating, this is an excellent movie on all accounts, and I classify it as a must watch!.
8 1/2 /10
I loved Liam Neeson's descent into jealous rage and the discoveries he made about himself, his family and his relationship as he discovers secrets from his wife's past. A moody film, perfectly adapted to its subject matter, you feel drawn into Neeson's character's despair.
It's not the best film I've seen recently but it's one I'm glad I saw and would heartily recommend it to others who are willing to think a film through its details. The acting's good and both Liam Neeson and Laura Linney carry the plot well. Antonio Banderas plays a less rounded role, but still does so enjoyably.
Definitely a film worth watching.
It's just a simple story of a cheating wife. Actually the story starts off with Liam Neeson finding out that his wife is cheating on him. He finds out who it is, befriends him, and the movie ends. I am not joking. There is absolutely nothing else in the movie. If there is , someone please tell me what I missed.
Anyways believe me, you don't want to see this one.
I got the film because of Liam Neeson and Antonio Banderas, whom I thought would be a good combination. The blurbs on the DVD box mentioned plot twists aplenty so I settled down for what I thought would be a great film.
Well after an hour, I was wondering when and where those plot twists were going to happen. And when the story would finally get into high gear. After 90 minutes, I kept thinking the same thing. But then the movie had been over for like 5 minutes.
Many scenes in the film made no sense, like Banderas being discovered as a janitor in the apartment building by Neeson. Then Banderas character's deception in showing Neeson on a later visit, a very luxurious apartment in the building and saying that this is really where he lives when he is in town.
This makes no sense !!! Those 2 scenes seem to be from 2 different movies. The jig is up with the first discovery and Banderas' character can't be stupid enough to not realize that Neeson knows he is just the janitor, as he discovered when he entered his basement apartment.
The movie seems filled with these moments of pure nonsense to stretch the running time, if not the credibility of the film.
Like the party scene at the end. Why did all the other characters from the film show up there ? Anyone with an ounce of decency would have said, sorry, I am not getting involved here.
And the daughter showing up in Milan, right next to Neeson in one scene is ludicrous beyond belief. How did she manage to get there the exact second Neeson does ??? The movie is incredibly slow moving as if to make you think about what is going on but it only leaves one puzzled as to why nothing is going on in the first place.
I will grant one thing of the movie and that is that it looks very nice. it did make me want to visit Milan.
But a 90-minute commercial is not what I wanted to watch. Actually, a 81-minute film, as this is a very very short film. It just looks and feels like it lasts forever.
In the bonus features on the DVD, neeson mentions he thought he was wrong for the part. I dunno if he usually follows his first instinct, but after watching this, I hope next time he doesn't get talked into doing something if he thinks he is not right for it.
This dreadful film is going back to the DVD store first thing in the morning.
Neeson plays Peter, a man married with a beautiful wife (Linney), that discover that she hides from him a long affair with Ralph (pronunced Rafe, played by Banderas). What Peter does? Tracks down this man in Italy and tries to see who he really is and what his wife saw in that men. His first idea is to kill this guy but he's always reluctant, so he keeps on playing games with his guy who seems to love Peter's wife very much.
The whole drama pretending to be a thriller goes well, it makes the story interesting until the ending which is quite disappointing and a little bit unexpected. But if you think I can buy the idea that these two guys reveal part of their lives to each other during chess games matches, well I did not buy it. And if they were drunk maybe but that was not the case. Two unknown figures sharing their romantic passages of their lives (with the same woman) is something unbelievable (or perhaps it's just me who likes to play the mysterious guy in front of other people so it's very difficult to make me really share something of this kind of nature). This scenes were great, interesting dialog, except for some angered reaction of Neeson throwing the pieces away after losing a match.
It's a very psychological work about how one can deal with adultery, different reactions might come from the audience, it's very interesting the way Peter does that, changing his persona all the way through this chase after his wife's lover. It's a great material for passionate people who can't forget a betrayal and feel a need to do something about it. This film will make that kind of people think again just like Peter changed his mind in the course of the story.
The acting is decent, the cast is at their best considering the material they were giving. More complexity, more realism and more thrilling moments instead of some bits here and there would make this film better. 7/10
This is a strange love story, but a good one nevertheless. No, nothing uncomfortable in here. There will be a bombshell almost near the end. Deal with it. We all had to.
To have Liam Neeson and Antonio Banderas in a movie together is pure gold and the performances by the rest of the cast are extremely well done.
It's kind of hard to talk about the story without giving the bombshell away. Many will say it was predictable and that's a cop-out as yes, there is nothing new under the sun. But, it's all in the telling and that is why we watch. We know the outcomes of most stories, but again, it's in the telling that counts. And, this one is good in the telling.
And, also there is some suspense and tension and those are needed for a good story. At times, you really are not sure where this is going and you may find yourself holding your breath.
The only complaint I have are the flashbacks. Until we really get to know the characters we are not sure if we are in the present or are taken back in time. But, we catch on, we usually do. But a different color filter could be used for flashbacks and we would quickly know we are in a flashback. Hey, I'm just saying.
This probably went straight to DVD because there were no explosions, shootings, unbelievable stunts or the almost ever-present CGI. Hey, it's a love story.
Violence: No. Sex: No, but you see positions for. Nudity: Yes. Language: Yes, briefly in the beginning
Peter (Liam Neeson) is a successful business man whose wife Lisa (Laura Linney) is a successful and high profile shoe designer. He spends much of his life in her shadow but the marriage works for them both and they obviously love each other and their young rambunctious daughter Abigail (Romola Garai) who is attached to the somewhat hippie, strange George (Craig Parkinson). Lisa's office comrades - Ralph (Patterson Joseph) and Vera (Pam Ferris) - are supportive of both Peter and Lisa and the world seems balanced. Very early in the film Lisa departs for Milan for another showing of her shoes, but she doesn't return. Peter grows suspicious when he discovers insinuating email messages from a man named Ralph, and once he discovers this Ralph is not her office comrade, he sets out on a mission to find the source of his wife' surprise infidelity. He discovers pictures taken in a special hotel in Milan, pictures that reveal photos of 'Ralph' (Antonio Banderas) in intimate situations with Lisa. Peter travels to Milan with the intent to kill Ralph, stalks him, and discovers his pastime of playing chess in a little Milanese café. And this is where Schlink and Eyre change the twist of the story, and Ralph is not at all whom he appears to be, nor is the direction of Peter's vengeance as focused as we expected. It is this crucial turn of storyline that make this film so endearing and to suggest, even slightly, the final moments of this film would destroy the suspense so well written and directed and acted.
Neeson, Linney, Banderas, and Garai are all splendid in these difficult roles - Linney continues to mature as an actress while becoming ever more beautiful in countenance. This is a tightly drawn suspense tale and well worth the attention of the public unafraid to think along with the development of the story.
The acting is superb by all key players, particularly the three main protagonists. Contrary to some reviewers, the action was not that hard to follow and, as with all good detective stories, held the viewer's attention right up to the very end, as all the pieces in the jigsaw came together, making for the greatest satisfaction, and providing justice for those who were hurt as well for those who did the hurting. I thoroughly enjoyed this film and the music score was also highly commendable. A true masterpiece.
But if you like something a little different with a good plot and some really great acting, watch this.
This is a great film to curl up to on the couch. It's not too long and it kept my interest all the way. It has a great twist at the end as well, one that I didn't see coming. Great acting.
A simple but atmospheric and compelling story. I enjoy a car chase like anybody else but sometimes I want something more. Something edgy. Something well written and gritty and dark. Something different.
I gave this an 8 because it ticks those boxes for me. It may not be the best film I've ever watched but I liked it.