Filming began on September 22, 1997 on location in Bedford Hills, New York with horseback riding scenes in which Jackie and her two children Anna and Ben discuss their attitudes toward Isabel
Filming began on September 22, 1997 on location in Bedford Hills,
New York with horseback riding scenes in which Jackie and her
two children Anna and Ben discuss their attitudes toward Isabel.
The next day, work shifted to New York City's Central Park for
the scene in which Isabel, preoccupied while shooting a glossy
sportswear ad at the park's Belvedere Castle, pays scant attention
to Ben, whom she is supposed to be looking after. Moments later,
she discovers the boy has disappeared. A poignant scene in which
Luke explains to Anna and Ben the reason he no longer lives with
their mother was also shot in Central Park, at the boathouse.
These scenes completed, the unit then moved to Bronxville, New
York for exteriors of Anna and Ben's school, and then to Nyack
for scenes outside Jackie's house. On location in Nyack, Columbus'
cameras established the exterior of Jackie's house in summer.
Returning to New York City, and after completing scenes in the
Central Park police station where Jackie first threatens Luke
with a court order after Ben's temporary disappearance, the unit
took up residence at the Williamsburg soundstage. Here, Columbus
filmed several scenes that take place inside Jackie's house. Moving
to the loft set, Columbus shot the film's opening sequence in
which Isabel ineptly tries to get Ben and Anna ready for school,
followed by scenes in which Anna orders Isabel out of her room
and Isabel reads Ben a bedtime story.
Columbus also filmed a scene in the loft kitchen between Isabel
and Luke while they're preparing a meal, underlining both the
warmth of their relationship and the contrast between their living
quarters and those in which the children are being raised at Jackie's.
During the period on the Brooklyn soundstage, Columbus also staged
two important interiors that occur outside the loft and the house.
One was a tense scene between Jackie and Isabel in Isabel's darkroom
where, in the face of the women's antipathy to each other, Jackie
must swallow her pride and ask Isabel to pick up the children
after school without revealing that her failing health is the
reason why she is unable to. Another scene was a consultation
between Jackie and her doctor in the office of her physician,
Dr. Sweikert, played by Lynn Whitfield.
The unit returned to locations as the weather turned colder, highlighting
the change-of-seasons motif that figures prominently in the film.
In Montclair, New Jersey, the dazzling autumn foliage served as
the ideal backdrop for a Halloween sequence in which Jackie and
her kids go trick-or-treating. Remaining in Jersey but moving
to the township of Morristown, Columbus filmed Anna's soccer game,
during which Luke coaches the team, Isabel and Jackie discuss
Anna's sometimes prickly personality and Ben is injured in a playground
Returning to the house in Nyack, where the autumn leaves lent
an air of melancholy to the atmosphere and signaled the passage
of time, Columbus filmed an encounter between Isabel and Jackie
in which the younger woman informs her rival that she knows where
she has gone on her secret travels. The unit then moved to a handsome
tavern in Tappen, New York, for a poignant scene between Jackie
and Luke, and another, in which an emotional Isabel discusses
with Jackie her insecurities about standing in as a mother for
Returning once again to the soundstage, Columbus filmed the dramatic
sequence in which Jackie and Luke tell the children that she is
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