Picks and Pans Review: Conversations with Other Women

updated 08/21/2006 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/21/2006 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Aaron Eckhart, Helena Bonham Carter

A man approaches a woman at a wedding in Manhattan and chats her up. He's the bride's brother; she's a bridesmaid just over from London. As they joust verbally over Champagne, it becomes clear that the pair has a romantic history and sparks still flicker. They head up to her hotel room.

Conversations is a slight, wistful duet boasting intelligent, engaging turns by Eckhart and, especially, Bonham Carter. The two mostly yak, which might make this tale a better play than film, but the talk is clever and rings true. A split screen is used throughout, enabling us to witness each character's reactions to the other's remarks as the duo come to understand—she long before he—that love can remain but people change. (R)

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