It's hard to carry an entire film without the two focal characters ever being called by name -- either by each other or by anyone else. It's a tricksy kind of gimmick, but one that works so well in director Hans Canosa's feature debut, Conversations With Other Women, that I didn't even notice the absence of character names until I paid attention to the closing credits -- the second time I watched the film.

And Canosa uses another gimmick: A split-screen effect that carries the characters from one frame to the other while keeping them apart, simultaneously showing us two points of view. That's two gimmicks in one film, in case you're counting. Okay, actually three, if you count the fact that the film opens with Man (Aaron Eckhart) approaching Woman (Helena Bonham-Carter) at a wedding, wineglass in hand, in what appears to be a spontaneous come-on in the midst of a boring wedding reception. Ah, but it's not -- there is history between these two, and lots of it.

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