When a man and woman flirt with each other at a wedding reception, the sexual tension seems spontaneous. As they break from the party to a hotel room, the flirtation turns into a night filled with passion and remorse.
A man runs into a woman at a wedding. They start to flirt and talk and find that they get along. Throughout their discussion, the man talks about certain memories as if they were common to the two of them. We gradually learn that there may have been a previous connection between these two when they were younger. This just leaves more questions as their past is slowly revealed. Written by
3 apparent B-roll shots of the supporting characters in a ballroom full of dancers were actually created using visual effects. When the Line Producer asked the Director the minimum number of extras needed for these shots during principal photography, the Director requested 50 extras. When only 7 extras showed up on the ballroom shoot days, an alternate solution became necessary. The Visual Effects Supervisor found takes which included empty sections of the ballroom. Taking several high resolution stills from those takes, he created 3 background plates. During a day of additional photography, both the supporting characters who would appear in the foreground and pairs of dancers who would appear in the middle ground were shot against a greenscreen. The Visual Effects Supervisor then composited up to a dozen elements to create shots which appear to contain the bride, her bridesmaids and the young man and young woman characters in the midst of a ballroom full of dancing couples. See more »
This exceptionally well-written and stylishly directed film reminded me a lot of the Linklater films, in that it was essentially an extended, intense, and modestly cross-cultural conversation between a woman and a man. In this case the darker character was the woman, played by Bonham Carter, and the charming and ebullient character was the man, played by Aaron Eckhart. The dialogue was as engaging and intelligent as Before Sunset's, but, unlike that film, this story didn't bail out before its ending. Bonham Carter's performance was excellent, and I think I'm being objective in saying that Eckhart managed to keep up with his co-star, bringing much more than pure charm to his role. The split-screen will be thrilling to some viewers and offputting to others. I'd usually put myself in the latter camp, but the movie's myriad other virtues held me in such thrall that I couldn't manage to get too annoyed with the split-screen. Definitely worth a second viewing.
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