Yesterday was a movie day– went to see Eat-Pray-Love at a local theater.
Even though I did not stay with the book as a spring or summer read, I was pleasantly surprised by the film interpretation. Of course, the addition of songs by Neil Young and Eddie Vedder were a plus to the production.
Overall, the movie appeals to the senses, with color, sound, emotional outbursts; there is everything from bubbling water and asparagus crunch to prayerful chanting, Julia Roberts with her legendary laughter and much more.
Identity and personhood–regardless of marital status and sometimes because of that tie– these themes are key to the year-long search by Liz, the main character of this bio pic. At one point, she is labeled as “a woman in search of a word”. How true!
As the geography changes throughout the film, so do the celebrations and discoveries. An American Thanksgiving, re-invented in Italy, is a time of realization and gratitude for so many blessings, a theme that has a universal appeal.
The spiritual search is ongoing from New York to the Eternal City in Italy, to India and Bali. Processing and releasing guilt over the past is an essential part of the pilgrimage to inner healing and freedom.
Without giving any spoilers, here, Julia Roberts, in her inimitable way, comes through as a convincing portrait of a woman in search of herself and a word. This movie is worth a view. Enjoy.
On this Labor Day long weekend, so much to be thankful for in the bounty around us–harvest at home!