An Atmospheric Gem for the Thinking Viewer (by VeeIMDB)
Sick of explosions and car chases? I am. The Other Man is a surprisingly atmospheric and complex story about a grieving man played intensely by Liam Neeson who discovers his wife has had an affair. Obsessed with discovering the identity of the other man played excellently by Antonio Banderas in a very different sort of role he tracks him down and befriends him without revealing his identity. The scenes where the two men pay chess, and the dialog over the board are revealing, and the torment subtly played by Neeson, is masterful. Banderas and Neeson are superb in this movie, which is both <more>
a mystery and a psychological thriller, all filmed with exquisite attention to light and atmosphere in Italy and England. If you rent it, I highly recommend you watch it a second time with the director's commentary turned on—but not the first time; it gives too much away. You may want to watch it a third time.
I must say, I have always been appalled at the desdain people have for this movie.What kind of a world do we live in where junk like Twilight gets showered with undeserving recognition, and a little jewel like this one gets dismissed as being an unwatchable piece of trash?This movie along with Woman Wanted and Keeping The Faith , has one of the best love triangle romances I've ever seen, making it highly notable since most of these types of stories usually crash and burn before the movie is into it's first half hour.But surprisingly, The Other Man is done with style, panache, and a <more>
certain originality not so much in the plot as in the way the plot is brought out.The movie revolves around a successful Software designer named Peter Liam Neeson who's a devoted family man with a daughter Abigail Romola Garai , and a wife Lisa Laura Linney who has pursued a brilliant career in shoe designing.Peter loves Lisa very much, and though the feeling is obviously mutual, it's also obvious his wife is hiding something from him...And though Peter himself can't see it, our suspicions are confirmed when, while dining at a restaurant, Lisa asks if Peter has ever wanted to sleep with someone else.Peter is stunned, the idea of infidelity having never occurred to him.That night, just as his wife is about to tell him something, the screen fades to black...When we next see Peter, he's alone Lisa is mysteriously gone .While in the process of giving Abigail her mother's clothes, a piece of paper is retrieved from a pair of Lisa's red high heels which unleashes a devastating series of events, revealing a man named Ralph Antonio Banderas , and a life Peter never knew Lisa had.This ignites a quest to find his wife's lover...and to kill him.Neeson and Banderas are perfect for their roles, and Romola Garai really adds a lot by her presence as the daughter.With the exception of the opening scene, Lisa's character is a ghost, shown only in flashbacks.There's a quote from a critic which describes her performance quite well:"Linney, luminescent as always, is the dazzling center of this triangle."That quote made me want to see the movie.I like the idea of the triangle's center being a ghost like figure, present only in the minds of her loved ones instead of alive, and heavy with schmaltz.Schmaltz is something we could all do without, and the abscence of it is what makes this like so many other of my favorite movies , so refreshing.The characters actually manage to behave with some maturity.If not at the beginning, then at least at the end.For once they act like adults instead of blubbering teenagers.This is a terrific movie, one that deserves more attention, instead of being dismissed as just another waste of time.Originally, Review #62 Posted On: August 19, 2010
An amazingly crafted movie with a great end (by whitely3000)
It's the first time I've watched this movie and after the end decided to find out a bit more and looked up IMDb. I cannot express with the words how appalled I am, first, at its low rating here, and second, at some of the reviews! People complaining there is no murder in the plot ! - for goodness sakes, can we not watch anything without a murder anymore? Should any drama be classed as a bad movie now just because there is no blood spilled? One reviewer just couldn't understand any of the Ralph's actions as depicted in the movie: it does not take much brain work to see Ralph <more>
being portrayed as a man who is ashamed of his social standing, it really is clear why Peter is checking out all the photos in the rich flat that Ralph opened by keys so easily available to him and showed off as his own. Why or why would you, Mario Carrier, come here and write a review for the whole world to see how challenged you are? When I read the stuff written by some people on the internet I simply wonder what the world is coming to...Mario, if you are a young person, you may still have a chance: go to a library and read, read, read, and read! I advise you to read lots of classical literature first - everything you can get and by different great authors from different countries from the Americas to Europe to Asia , then move to the 20th century greats. If you do this for 2-3 years you may try and watch this movie again and I am hoping you may just get it. If you are older than 30, well... I would advise you to focus on your children and ensure that they read a lot and get better education than you - your only chance is your children...Liam Neeson is great as usually; Antonio Banderas - an outstanding portrayal of the type of a man that Ralph is, just breathtaking to watch him during the last scenes at a dinner party in memory of Lisa, so vulnerable because he is at the mercy of Peter and so resolved about it, with all his janitor plus 'jigolo' lifestyle in his eyes at the same time; Romola Garai - another breathtaking performance and again, the dinner scene when she stops Peter from spoiling everything is just perfect. Laura Finney great as Lisa and the cancer illness scenes are some of the most real I've ever seen my dad died of cancer and I know what I am talking about! .
I think there are 3 reasons some reviewers did not like this movie. First it was placed in the "suspense" category and it is a drama. Second, some of you may be used to fast reactions to conflicts and the sometimes violent retribution many movies contain. Third, you may be young. I am old and have had friends who had affairs, some who wanted to, and didn't. I have seen many happy marriages and many lonely sad marriages. I found the movie honest and extremely well acted. The husband had all the rage, anger and desire to kill the lover, until he got to know him. The lover, at <more>
first glance, is smug, a playboy, easy to hate. But in the end, the husband sees the lover for the deeply sincere, but flawed man he is. He finally sees himself as his dead wife had seen him, more than the boring software engineer. He is better than that. The lover is much less than a rival, but they deeply loved the same woman. The husband realizes how really devastated the lover is and how his wife had loved and deserved both men in her life. As life usually is, there was poetic justice. She died a painful death after hurting her husband. He finally forgave and found peace. The lover was forgiven, often a reason for shame, his secrets open to those around him. He lost the woman he loved, and a women who loved him for what was inside, not the phony outward role he played. You know he will never find that again. There is a lot going on in this movie, all under the surface. I kept wondering if it would revert to the standard murder scenario, that was the suspense for me. The outcome was real, not Hollywood.
Real life emotions, real life pace, captivating (by SilkyWilky)
Skipping through reviews before watching this film, I nearly decided to give it a miss. But I found out it was a miss for those negative reviewers who didn't get it. It's a hit, for me anyway.It's gutsy, deals with real emotions colouring them in hither and thither as the scenes flick by in a non linear time line. That may sound like it's complex - it isn't. You are taken on a journey focusing on Peter, his wife being the essential background to the story, with his wife's lover the foil on which they both tread.If you're looking for a stereotypical Hollywood <more>
scorned husband movie, move along, you'll find no joy here. This is real life in content, pace and dialogue. It's not boring, its not slow and it is captivating. I dare any man who has been cheated on by the love of their life not to be deeply moved by this film. The same probably goes for women. As the story unfolds, there's another group of people that will be moved, and that's for you to discover.The ending is how it should be given the subject matter - some level of completion. And there's plenty to talk about afterwards. I'd love to say more but that would be giving away too much.Great acting by all, though Liam Neeson has, and holds firmly, the centre stage.I give this a low end of 9/10 if that's possible. Enjoy!
Great acting, thoughtful and unique plot, but... (by yc955)
There've been so many movies about love relationships, good bad and ugly. This one certainly is unique in its angle of view on things. Very smart and intriguing to me. I liked the film! Only thing is that, to me these A list actors don't seem to look the part: the artistic shoe designer or a software designer... In fact I didn't know what Liam's role did for living till the very end and being in the silicon valley for so many years, I simply wasn't convinced he could be a major software guy. Maybe like everything else the Brits do things differently : And his wife simply <more>
isn't artistic enough to be a world class shoe lady either. "Zolo" is way way too classy and smooth for a janitor. With his level of talent, he'd have no problem taking up a VP slot on this side of the Atlantic, so why a janitor in Milan? Is Milan that good? I really reserve my doubt.The movie could have been a lot more convincing with a different cast. My two cents.
Sensitive study of infidelity. loss and loneliness (by pauldcmt-1)
Richard Eyre has carefully constructed an intimate tale of a man who discovers his wife's infidelity. Liam Neeson and Antonio Banderas provide subtle and mature performances, with Romola Garai outstanding as the daughter. The film is beautifully shot on location in Milan and Lake Como as well as in London and Ely.The plot twists are effective, leaving one to reflect on how little we can truly know of the people around us.Nevertheless, the denouement feels a little forced, even if a logical conclusion to the narrative.
Good Love Story (by bob-rutzel-1)
Peter Neeson discovers his wife Lisa Linney , is having an affair. He vows to find the Other Man, Ralph Banderas .This is a strange love story, but a good one nevertheless. No, nothing uncomfortable in here. There will be a bombshell almost near the end. Deal with it. We all had to.To have Liam Neeson and Antonio Banderas in a movie together is pure gold and the performances by the rest of the cast are extremely well done. It's kind of hard to talk about the story without giving the bombshell away. Many will say it was predictable and that's a cop-out as yes, there is nothing new <more>
under the sun. But, it's all in the telling and that is why we watch. We know the outcomes of most stories, but again, it's in the telling that counts. And, this one is good in the telling. And, also there is some suspense and tension and those are needed for a good story. At times, you really are not sure where this is going and you may find yourself holding your breath. The only complaint I have are the flashbacks. Until we really get to know the characters we are not sure if we are in the present or are taken back in time. But, we catch on, we usually do. But a different color filter could be used for flashbacks and we would quickly know we are in a flashback. Hey, I'm just saying. This probably went straight to DVD because there were no explosions, shootings, unbelievable stunts or the almost ever-present CGI. Hey, it's a love story. Violence: No. Sex: No, but you see positions for. Nudity: Yes. Language: Yes, briefly in the beginning
THE OTHER MAN is a thinking person's film, a film well cast, finely acted, and well written by writer/director Richard Eyre based on a short story by master storyteller Bernhard Schlink 'The Reader', 'Flights of Love' - collection of short stories from which this story is excerpted, etc . If some viewers find the film confusing or too subtle in the unraveling of a fascinating tale, the problem is that the cast and director and writers demand more of the viewer's attention than in the usual movie fare. A suspense film should keep the viewer in the dark, or thinking in <more>
one direction, until a little twist changes the story that has been unfolding on a different level. That is what THE OTHER MAN does and it is a pleasure to be surprised in this way. Peter Liam Neeson is a successful business man whose wife Lisa Laura Linney is a successful and high profile shoe designer. He spends much of his life in her shadow but the marriage works for them both and they obviously love each other and their young rambunctious daughter Abigail Romola Garai who is attached to the somewhat hippie, strange George Craig Parkinson . Lisa's office comrades - Ralph Patterson Joseph and Vera Pam Ferris - are supportive of both Peter and Lisa and the world seems balanced. Very early in the film Lisa departs for Milan for another showing of her shoes, but she doesn't return. Peter grows suspicious when he discovers insinuating email messages from a man named Ralph, and once he discovers this Ralph is not her office comrade, he sets out on a mission to find the source of his wife' surprise infidelity. He discovers pictures taken in a special hotel in Milan, pictures that reveal photos of 'Ralph' Antonio Banderas in intimate situations with Lisa. Peter travels to Milan with the intent to kill Ralph, stalks him, and discovers his pastime of playing chess in a little Milanese café. And this is where Schlink and Eyre change the twist of the story, and Ralph is not at all whom he appears to be, nor is the direction of Peter's vengeance as focused as we expected. It is this crucial turn of storyline that make this film so endearing and to suggest, even slightly, the final moments of this film would destroy the suspense so well written and directed and acted. Neeson, Linney, Banderas, and Garai are all splendid in these difficult roles - Linney continues to mature as an actress while becoming ever more beautiful in countenance. This is a tightly drawn suspense tale and well worth the attention of the public unafraid to think along with the development of the story. Grady Harp