The Bridges of Madison County (1995)

Posted: 24 January, 2008 in 1. Movies To See Before You Die, Love Theme
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It was really surprising to see this sheer poetry on the celluloid coming from a person who is known more for his action and cowboy image, that’s Clint Eastwood. This is his emotional and sensitive movie which forces us to think about whether we are enjoying our lives being where we are, or we still regret the decision we made in our lives. I was completely spellbound as the end credits rolled and really enjoyed every minute of this movie till its last scene. The story is about four days in the life of a happily married lady, which she lived with a complete stranger. She cherishes and remembers those four days till her last breath and leaves her diaries with all her confessions for her two grown up children to read. Meryl Streep is superb and lovable as the lady and Clint Eastwood himself plays the role of the photographer who accidently comes in her life.
The movie has some emotionally written scenes which have a spiritual value. The dialogues make you look inside your own life and question your own existence and its worth. The unsaid conversations between Meryl and her husband, who know everything are filmed in the most impressive way. The best part is that as the children read their mother’s diaries, at first the boy feels disgusting reading it, but then understands the feelings of her mother who was also a loving women from inside. And its even more beautiful that at the end they both don’t feel any guilt for their mother but feel proud at her innocence and truthfulness.
Mahesh Manjrekar made “Astitva” in hindi, inspired from this movie, but changed the sensitive topic into a tense drama which becomes cunning and sarcastic in the end. He kept the character of the lady alive to face all the hardships after her confession. Whereas the original movie is lovable till the last scene, the hindi version has only one saving grace “Tabu” who has acted brilliantly. For many reasons, still “Meryl Streep” is more believable in her impactful act. She is just adorable in the scenes which show her inner conflicts. Along with “Clint Eastwood” they both look like real life lovers and talk through their eyes.This is a poetic expression on screen straight from heart, not to be missed, even if you have seen “Astitva” or not.
Directed By Clint Eastwood
Starring : Meryl Streep & Clint Eastwood

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  2. Caz says:

    I can totally relate to being spellbound by the film from start to finish. I really don’t know what it is about Clint Eastwood in films which really seem to hit a nerve with me. He has a way at being able to break my heart in so many different ways.

    I could not stop thinking about this film for days later and have now watched it quite a lot of times and love it more and more each time.

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