The Other Man (2008)

RICHARD EYRE

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  

USA/United Kingdom, 2008.  .  Screenplay by Richard Eyre, , based on the short story by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  

 is a highly successful shoe designer who lives a happy life with husband , her success on the fashion runway quickly while married to him quickly flashing forward to a time when she is no longer around and Neeson is miserably alone and rejected. Going through her computer one day, he finds photos of her and another man () and decides to pursue the mystery, flying from London to Milan and beginning a friendship with this world-class gentleman with whom his wife has been canoodling. Neeson and Banderas form a strange bond that becomes stranger and more precious when further secrets are revealed towards the story’s end in this dramatic adaptation of the short story by Bernhard Schlink (The Reader). Richard Eyre directs the script with strength and creates an appealing look and smooth rhythm, but for some reason none of it lifts off the screen; Banderas and Neeson have no chemistry together and are colourless, and neither of them really connect with Linney. The whole thing is a handsome, shallow mess that bears none of the exciting drama that were in Eyre’s previous ventures Notes On A Scandal and Iris.

Toronto International Film Festival:  2008

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