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The Bridges of Madison County

Updated on May 4, 2014
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Ms. Vincent is an M.B.A graduate, Business Consultant and health, wellness & natural healing enthusiast, who reads a lot on those subjects.

I loved this movie because not only was the acting and storyline great but it brought together two (2) of my favourite actors – Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood.

In the movie Clint Eastwood acts as Robert Kinkaid; a roving photographer employed by the National Geographic magazine and Meryl Streep plays Francesca Johnson; a simple housewife with a husband and two (2) children.

They say “All is well that ends well” (William Shakespeare, circa 1604) but ‘The Bridges of Madison County’ is a great romance movie that doesn’t quite end like your usual fairytale love story where “all ends well” with the protagonists surmounting odds and living happily ever after together.

The theme of the movie is mature, in that it explores love from a level higher than just the ‘physical feelings’ of love. The reality of love, life and living is that we all have hard choices to make sometimes and in this movie both Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood have hard choices to make.

They also say that “Hindsight is not only clearer than perception-in-the-moment but also unfair to those who actually lived through the moment” (Edwin S. Shneidman in Autopsy of a Suicidal Mind). Another poignant fact, which becomes evident as we hear how Francesca’s children analyze and react to what they are now leaning about their mother and Robert Kinkaid now that they have become adults.Quite interesting!

So finally, whether you’re a man or a woman, here’s my question to you: If you were in Robert’s or Francesca’s position, what would you have done? Watch the movie and tell me!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Adventuretravels: Thanks adventuretravelshop! Enjoy! Have a blessed weekend.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      Great review -I haven't seen this yet - I can't wait.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @esmonaco: Thanks and you're welcome, esmonaco! I really loved those 2 together and by themselves. Thanks for visiting and sharing and have a blessed weekend.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      A wonderful review, as I this is one of my favorite all time movies. Thanks!!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Sylvestermouse: I am glad you trusted my recommendation Sylvestermouse, that you did watch the movie and most importantly that you loved it! Thanks for including it on your 'Review This!' Blog.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @shellys-space: That's right CosmeticMom. Thanks for visiting.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 3 years ago from United States

      Oh, my! Sounds like I am going to need my kleenex handy! I am a huge Clint Eastwood fan and Meryl Streepe is easily among my favorite current day actresses, but I have not seen this movie myself, yet. From what you have written, it sounds like an affair and that is something that I would have shied away from watching in 95 when this movie was originally released. However, that was then and this is now. I will certainly be adding the movie to my list of "must sees" now that you have recommended it, mainly because I trust your recommendations.

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      Shelly Sellers 3 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      A heart-breaking love story that has a different ending :)

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @sousababy: I couldn't agree with you more, sousababy. Thanks for visiting and sharing.Have a blessed week.

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      sousababy 3 years ago

      I love watching the interactions between two people who fall in love. And you can't beat the acting in this movie.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @somergreat48: I am glad you enjoyed this movie as much as I did, somergreat48. Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

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      somergreat48 3 years ago

      This is a good movie! I watched it many years ago and I still remember it well!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @jolou: You can say that again, JoanneOtt! Thanks for visiting and confirming. Have a blessed week.

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      jolou 3 years ago

      I loved this movie, and Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood were excellent in their roles.