The Other WomanOctober 28, 2010
A drama that details the story of a woman's difficult relationship with her stepson.
Release Year: 2009
Rating: 6.3/10 (5,355 voted)
Critic's Score: 37/100
Stars: Natalie Portman, Scott Cohen, Lisa Kudrow
In Manhattan, twenty-two year-old Harvard lawyer Emilia Greenleaf has a crush on her boss, Jack Woolf, and they have an affair. Jack's marriage is a sham but his son, William, is his pride and joy. Emilia soon discovers she's pregnant, and Jack divorces his wife, Carolyn, in order to marry her. His son is poisoned against the partnership by his mother, and resented by his stepmother. Emilia, who has issues with her womanizer father, delivers Isabel but the baby dies. The marriage begins to suffer and William unexpectedly steps in to help.
Writers: Don Roos, Ayelet Waldman
Love makes everything possible.
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Release Date: 28 October 2010
Filming Locations: Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Opening Weekend: $6,224
(6 February 2011)
(27 February 2011)
(Toronto International Film Festival)
Did You Know?
Jennifer Lopez was once attached to play the lead.
Quite a nice movie!
I saw this at the Toronto Film Festival. I go to university in Toronto,
and I decided on impulse to watch one of the movies in between my
classes, and this one fit so I wouldn't have to be late for my next
class. I'm very glad I saw it.
The film is about Emilia (Natalie Portman), who lives with her husband
John (Scott Cohen), and her stepson William (Charlie Tahan). We watch
as her story is told through flashbacks and we learn that John was
married (to Carolyne, played by Lisa Kudrow) and had an affair with
Emilia. He soon divorces Carolyne and marries Emilia. We watch as
Emilia struggles to keep her life together with her marriage strained
by the death of their 3-day-old daughter Isabel, and William's
resentment towards her.
I really liked the acting in this movie. Natalie Portman is really
natural in this role. Scott Cohen and the young Charlie Tahan were very
good too, and Lisa Kudrow too, even though she didn't have a lot of
I liked the story, and I didn't find the pace of the film to be
dragging. The characters were well written too- I was always able to
see their side of the story and could sympathize and understand them,
even when they contradicted with other characters.
To me, Love and Other Impossible Pursuits was a very good film overall.