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The Other Woman (2009)

Love and Other Impossible Pursuits (original title)
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The story of a woman dealing with her daughter's death while trying to keep her marriage and her relationship with her stepson.

Director:

Don Roos

Writers:

Don Roos (screenplay), Ayelet Waldman (novel)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Natalie Portman ... Emilia
Scott Cohen ... Jack
Lisa Kudrow ... Carolyn
Charlie Tahan ... William
Lauren Ambrose ... Mindy
Michael Cristofer ... Sheldon
Debra Monk ... Laura
Mona Fastvold ... Sonia (as Mona Lerche)
Anthony Rapp ... Simon
Kendra Kassebaum Kendra Kassebaum ... Sharlese
Elizabeth Marvel ... Pia
Mary Joy ... Marilyn
Maria Dizzia ... Jaime Brennan
Ira Hawkins Ira Hawkins ... Businessman
Laura Odeh Laura Odeh ... Waitress
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Storyline

The story of a woman dealing with her daughter's death while trying to keep her marriage and her relationship with her stepson.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Love makes everything possible.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 2010 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

17 Photos of Isabel See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,224, 6 February 2011

Gross USA:

$20,585
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When Emilia and William are sitting in the park, William says "If you go to Collegiate, you can go to Harvard," Emilia responds "Harvard sucks." Natalie Portman, who plays Emilia, attended Harvard. See more »

Goofs

William's drawing from the middle of the movie is a different one from the one showed at the end of the movie. You can clearly see that drawn William on the first drawing is more sad than the William in the other drawing. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Conan: Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Humor Truck (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

LEGS AWAY
Written by Ryan Guldemond
Performed by Mother Mother
Published by OLE & LAST GANG PUBLISHING (RED CAPE SONGS ASCAP)
Courtesy of LAST GANG RECORDS
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A guilt for losing the own baby and being labelled as a bad step-mother.
4 February 2017 | by Reno-RanganSee all my reviews

It is also known as 'Love and Other Impossible Pursuits', which is the name of the book the film was adapted. According to me this is a very underrated film. Especially Natalie Portman was never seen before. This film was beautiful because of her. Might have been the same if any other actress who had played that role, but the thing is the character Emilia makes this story great. I would have given any top award the available around the globe for that incredible character display. It should have been recognised, sadly that did not happen because of the filthy film critics.

Feels good watching it. This might not be a biographical film, but surely this is happening around us. The writing was so impressive. How the character Emilia was portrayed is the film's highlight. It was a simple character, that does not mean the life has to be simple as well. She falls in love with a married man and later she get married to him to become a step-mother to his child. That's where the problem arises when her baby dies in her arm, everybody points her for not being cautious with her step-son. This is a big task and how she comes out of it was revealed with lots of small twists and turns in the tale.

Not just Natalie, but all the supporting cast was brilliant, including the husband, the kid and the ex. The story of loss, marriage, taking care a child and other struggles in life. Initially it did not look good with those affairs, but when it got past the half way mark, the rest of the film rebalanced the entire film. I liked how it ended. That final scene was very good. Even if you are an atheist, that end dialogues makes the major difference to favour the film. I haven't read the book, but seems the film was better than the book. Being a film fanatic and failing to recommending it to you would be a mistake. So I recommend it to particularly the grown-ups.

8/10


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