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The Bridges of Madison County
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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