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Love and Other Impossible Pursuits (2009)

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A drama that details the story of a woman's difficult relationship with her stepson.

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A drama that details the story of a woman's difficult relationship with her stepson.

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Love makes everything possible.

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Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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28 October 2010 (Russia)  »

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$6,224 (USA) (4 February 2011)

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$20,585 (USA) (25 February 2011)
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A song from The Nutcracker by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is playing when Emelia and William go to the skating rink. See more »

Goofs

William's drawing from the middle of the movie is a different one from the one showed at the end of the movie. You can clearly see that drawn William on the first drawing is more sad than the William in the other drawing. See more »

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Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.5 (2011) See more »

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Hometown Glory
Written and Performed by 'Adele'
Published by Universal Music Publishing LTD.
Courtery of XL Recordings LTD. and Columbia Records
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Contrast to the standard rom-com
15 December 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Inevitably seeing this movie brought to mind another with a similar title, "Love And other Drugs", which was released later but I saw first. As well as titles with the same three first words, both films are based on a book (in this case a successful novel by Ayelet Waldman), are scripted by the director (in this instance, Don Roos), have an attractive and young lead actress (in this one, Natalie Portman), and deal with challenging social issues (this time, step-parenting and infant mortality). However, where "..Drugs" was a romantic comedy, "..Impossible Pursuits" has less romance and very little comedy. In fact, at times it is quite harrowing.

It works because of an intelligent script (although the dialogue is sometimes hard to follow) and some fine acting, not just from Portman - who is excellent - but Scott Cohen as her husband, Lisa Kudrow as the ex-wife, and Charlie Tahan as the troubled child of the first marriage. Many films set in New York include scenes in Central Park, but here the location is particularly well used, especially in a silent walk to remember the deaths of the unborn or newly born. The soundtrack too neatly complements the action in a work that is well worth viewing as a contrast to the standard rom-com.


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