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The Bridges of Madison County February 11, 2007

Posted by Shujath in English, Movies, Reviews.
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Last year, Karan Johar’s take on extra-marital relationships Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna – which even though frivolous still managed to spark off a nation wide debate. In constrast, The Bridges of Madison County is the most poignant and non-judgemental take on this issue.

This is the story of Franchesca (Meryl Streep) stuck in a loveless marriage who finds love in a stranger (Clint Eastwood) when her family is out for four days. This whole affair is narrated as a series of flashbacks through her memoirs which are discovered by her two children after her death. As the movie progresses once can truly empathize with Franchesca; the dilemma she is in and the choices she ultimately has to make. It is also quite interesting to see the way her son’s attitude to this whole story from a feeling of disgust to a certain degree of acceptance as he reads through the memoirs. The movie ends on a positive note with both children (who themselves are in bad marriages) taking steps to try and set things right.

The movie primarily rests on the performances and it is Meryl Streep who as usual takes the honors. Clint Eastwood is also good but his characterization looked half-baked. However, as the director Eastwood deserves full marks. This also happens to be based on a best selling novel of the same name by Robert James Waller.

As one might expect, the pacing is quite slow but you shouldn’t expect otherwise from a plot like this. This is quite an interesting yet slow drama which is meaningful too and something I would strongly recommend.

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