The Other Woman DVD Release Date
Academy Award winner Natalie Portman (“Black Swan”) in an “utterly fearless performance” (Rob Nelson, Variety) stars as a newlywed trying to cope with guilt and loss in this sensitive and compelling modern drama adapted by writer-director Don Roos (“The Opposite of Sex”) from the novel by Ayelet Waldman. Portman plays Emilia, a law-school graduate who falls in love with her married boss, Jack (Scott Cohen, “The Understudy”). After Emilia marries Jack, her happiness turns unexpectedly to grief following the death of her infant daughter. Devastated, Emilia nonetheless carries on, attempting to forge a connection with her stepson William (Charlie Tahan, “I Am Legend”) and to resist the interference of Jack’s jealous ex-wife (Lisa Kudrow, “Easy A,” “The Opposite of Sex”). Don Roos (“Happy Endings,” “Bounce”) demonstrates his keen eye for the nuances of love, loss, and rebuilding life in this heartfelt and touching drama.
The Other Woman DVD Release Date
Actors: Natalie Portman, Scott Cohen, Lisa Kudrow, Lauren Ambrose, Anthony Rapp
Directors: Don Roos
Format: Color, DVD, NTSC, Widescreen
Region: Region 1 (US and Canada)
Number of discs: 1
Rated: R (Restricted)
Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
DVD Release Date: May 17, 2011
Run Time: 119 minutes
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The Other Woman DVD Review
THE OTHER WOMAN is a film that is a bit difficult to watch both because of the thematic material and because of the uneven quality of the film itself. Based on the novel LOVE AND OTHER IMPOSSIBLE PURSUITS by Ayelet Waldman (the original release of this film in 2009 used this title) and adapted for the screen by writer/director Don Roos, the story deals with SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), divorce, step-parenting, the legal vagaries that surround divorce and remarriage, and loss. One of the reasons the film didn’ t make it on first theater release is that it was advertised as ‘ A comedy/drama that details the story of a woman’s difficult relationship with her stepson.’ Yes, that is a small part of the story, but this film is hardly a comedy and in fact it seems to have difficulty in deciding just what the main story is!
The opening credits begin with images of an infant girl but as soon as the action begins we are introduced to Emilia (Natalie Portman) and her husband Jack (Scott Cohen) and son William (Charlie Tahan) There is an undefined tension that is soon explained through flashbacks: Emilia fell in love with Jack who was married to OB/GYN physician Carolyne (Lisa Kudrow) and the love affair quickly developed into Jack’s divorcing Carolyne and marrying Emilia. The newlyweds promptly had a baby girl who lived only three days, leaving Emilia in a prolonged state of grieving and denial. Carolyne is a controlling viper and makes the couple’s life miserable, refusing complete visitation privileges with William, creating a toxic relationship between Emilia and her ‘stepson’ William. Emilia’s friends (Lauren Ambrose and Anthony Rapp) try to make Emilia’s life easier but the friction between Emilia and William as well as the constant interference by Carolyne eventually lead to a collapse in Emilia’s and Jack’s relationship. Some ‘ truths’ come out about the death of Jack an Emilia’s daughter and the response to those statements changes everyone in the story – including Emilia’s divorced mother and father. Lessons in how to forgive and how to love complete the story.
Natalie Portman proves her acting chops in this difficult, multidimensional role and her performance is enhanced by that of Charlie Tahan as the young William. The rest of the cast is not of the same caliber, failing to make us care about their characters enough to find their significance in this rocky script. Though there are many flaws in the film making it seem to drag on too long (almost two hours), the opportunity to see the gradual growth of the acting career of Natalie Portman is reason enough to watch this little New York relationship drama. Grady Harp, April 11 ( The Other Woman DVD Release Date )
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