Film Review: Love and Other Impossible Pursuits (2009)

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Natalie Portman ruins Phoebe from Friends’ marriage.

I found this film flicking through Netflix with a bottle of red wine for company. It looked like it might be slightly harrowing so I gave it a whirl. Love and Other Impossible Pursuits (or The Other Woman, it appears to have two names) is a film about love, betrayal and family.

Worrying I may have made a mistake, I skipped through the lovey dovey part at the beginning of the film and went straight for the good stuff. Though the film starts off as a potentially annoying rom-com, the issues it puts forward are adult and I felt I could relate to a lot of the things Natalie Portman’s character went through. It is unusual to root for ‘the other woman’ but Portman is so likeable (and a beautiful land mermaid) that you do feel for her even when she is breaking up marriages and shouting at children.

I had drank quite a lot of red wine by the time I got to the end of this film, so maybe to fully enjoy this film you should do the same. Overall, I usually make terrible choices when I watch films alone but this one was not bad.

7/10

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