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Other Man, The (DVD Review)

16 Nov, 2009 By: Angelique Flores

Prebook 11/17/09; Street 12/15/09
Box Office $0.15 million
$27.98 DVD, $35.98 Blu-ray
Rated ‘R’ for some sexuality/nudity and language.
Stars Liam Neeson, Antonio Banderas, Laura Linney.

The best thing about this film is its brilliant cast. Lisa (Laura Linney) is a successful shoe designer based in Cambridge married to the calm but solid Peter (Liam Neeson). He doesn’t care much for the fashion world, and neither does their grown daughter, Abigail (Romola Garai).

One night Lisa asks Peter if he ever wanted sleep with another woman, and sometime thereafter Lisa disappears. Peter finds clues that lead him to believe his wife was having an affair with a man named Ralph (Antonio Banderas) in Milan. He tracks down and befriends Ralph, who has no idea who Peter is, so he can learn more about the affair.

As details unravel, Peter learns Ralph’s sophisticated, cosmopolitan character is just a façade. Ralph is really a broke janitor with a history of womanizing. However, he loved Lisa a great deal. His poetic way of speaking, love for life and carefree attitude show why Lisa loved him too.

The film disappoints in setting up a key plot twist, leaving out key scenes rather than framing the story to insinuate something else is going on (as in films such as The Sixth Sense or The Others). I felt like I was being force fed drama and suspense, and it just left a bitter taste.

Still, the veteran cast, who brought out the complexity and depth of the characters, and the beautifully shot scenes, especially those in Italy, brought the film to life. Despite any letdowns in the script, they kept you watching until the very end.

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