Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.
United Kingdom/USA, 2005. Gordonstreet Pictures, Prophecy Pictures Ltd.. Screenplay by Gabrielle Zevin. Cinematography by Steve Yedlin. Produced by Kerry Barden, Ram Bergman, Bill McCutchen. Music by Jeff Eden Fair, Starr Parodi. Production Design by Jodie Lynn Tillen. Costume Design by Doug Hall, Michele Posch. Film Editing by Hans Canosa.
At first glance this two-character study, presented entirely in a split-screen format, might seem a tiresome exercise in style over substance, but give it a few minutes and you’ll eventually find yourself mesmerized by the experience. Helena Bonham Carter and Aaron Eckhart are top-drawer as two sexy singles who meet at a wedding and initiate a conversation that at first seems harmless flirtation but eventually reveals a history between the two of them that we learn about as their dialogue progresses. Director Hans Canosa and screenwriter Gabrielle Zevin come up with fantastic material as the two wholly absorbing characters reveal themselves and their views on life, comparing each other to who they used to be ten years earlier and exposing the changes that have occurred in the time since. Like Before Sunset, this magnificent film shows just how captivating a film can be with so simple a set-up, and benefits greatly from Bonham Carter’s sharp-edged, deeply sexy and fiercly subtle presence.