Wednesday Narcissism #4:
Re: that line down there: I liked it when I wrote it; I still like it; I still think it’s true.
“The illusion of effortlessness requires a great effort indeed.”
Roughly a million years ago, I wrote the screenplay for this movie.
watched “Conversations with other Women” again
I saw them again: meeting
finding out that they changed
and I…I cried again like this
and I don’t know why I think it’s so sad..^^
I love the movie, could watch it over and over again
Though I have resided in my current apartment for over four years, last Sunday I noticed that I live on the same street where Dorothy Parker once lived.
I adored Dorothy Parker as a teen and into my twenties. Readers of Margarettown and Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac (and watchers of Conversations with Other Women) may even note certain thematic resonances in the following poem:
by Dorothy Parker
In youth, it was a way I had
To do my best to please,
And change, with every passing lad
To suit his theories.
But now I know the things I know
And do the things I do;
And if you do not like me so,
To hell, my love, with you.
For further Dorothy Parker reading, I recommend The Portable Dorothy Parker.
What does the title Conversations with Other Women mean?
It refers to THE WOMAN’s line of dialogue that she has “no interest in other women.” It is the idea that THE MAN is talking to a version of THE WOMAN from the past, a version that no longer exists in the present. THE WOMAN, then, becomes the “other woman” to herself.
What does the ending of Conversations with Other Women mean?
Whatever you think it means is what it means. I meant it to be ambiguous.
THE WOMAN is either in a cab back to London by herself OR she is in a cab with THE MAN.
They have either been playing an elaborate game with each other in order to spice up their marriage OR she’s a cheater.
And, of course, this doesn’t account for what the director thought or the actors thought or what you thought. All are certainly as valid as what I thought. Cineaste, you may take your pick.
In Conversations with Other Women, are the children THE WOMAN’s?
I will tell you that Helena Bonham Carter, who played the WOMAN, thought they were.
In Conversations with Other Women, are any of the children THE WOMAN’S and THE MAN’S together?
Only if you believe THE MAN and THE WOMAN are in the cab together at the end. If you don’t think they’re together, then I would have to say no.
Is a soundtrack available for Conversations with Other Women?
No, but all the songs are on iTunes: “Ripchord” by Rilo Kiley; “L’excessive,” “Le plus beau du quartier,” and “J’en connais” by Carla Bruni.