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Love and Other Impossible Pursuits (2009)

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The story of a woman dealing with her daughter's death while trying to keep her marriage and her relationship with her stepson.

Director:

Don Roos

Writers:

Don Roos (screenplay), Ayelet Waldman (novel)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Natalie Portman ... Emilia Greenleaf
Scott Cohen ... Jack
Lisa Kudrow ... Carolyn
Charlie Tahan ... William
Lauren Ambrose ... Mindy
Michael Cristofer ... Sheldon
Debra Monk ... Laura
Mona Fastvold ... Sonia (as Mona Lerche)
Anthony Rapp ... Simon
Kendra Kassebaum Kendra Kassebaum ... Sharlese
Elizabeth Marvel ... Pia
Mary Joy ... Marilyn
Maria Dizzia ... Jaime Brennan
Ira Hawkins Ira Hawkins ... Businessman
Laura Odeh Laura Odeh ... Waitress
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Storyline

The story of a woman dealing with her daughter's death while trying to keep her marriage and her relationship with her stepson.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Love makes everything possible.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

9 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 2010 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Other Woman See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,224, 6 February 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$20,585, 27 February 2011
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Emilia and William are sitting in the park, William says "If you go to Collegiate, you can go to Harvard," Emilia responds "Harvard sucks." Natalie Portman, who plays Emilia, attended Harvard. See more »

Goofs

When Emilia and William are at the diner and Emilia asks the woman with the baby at another table how old the baby is, the woman answers, "Seven weeks; December 26." So the scene takes place in mid-February. When Emilia and William are shown leaving the diner in the next scene, the street trees in the background have mature green leaves, typical of summer. Deciduous street trees in New York City have no leaves in mid-February. See more »

Connections

References Jurassic Park (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

No One To Love
Written by Stephen Foster
Arranged by Jay Weigel
Performed by Jay Weigel
Courtesy of Carondelelt Music Group, LLC
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Contrast to the standard rom-com
16 December 2011 | by rogerdarlingtonSee 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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