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Feasting on Summer Films—Let the Countdown Begin for Eat Pray Love!
Movie season is upon us, and it's shaping up to be an interesting one. As the bloated blockbusters roll forth—Angelina Jolie'sSalt, anyone?—the summer filmscape is diversifying ever so slightly, with unique movies that we actually want to see. To wit: Bill Murray is back (yes!) in the Depression-era folk flickGet Low, Annette Bening and Julianne Moore star as lesbian leads inThe Kids Are All Rightand, most notably, Elizabeth Gilbert's best-selling memoir,Eat Pray Love, is coming to the screen in full navel-gazing splendor with Julia Roberts as the lead.
If you're not familiar with the book, it follows Gilbert through a year of self-discovery, as she mends the wounds of a bitter divorce, the end of tangled relationship with a lover, and, ultimately, her failure at being the person she wants to be. She spends four months in Italy, then India and lastly Indonesia—to eat, pray and love in that order. Its detractors have rallied along expected lines: the narrative is driven from a white, privileged place; it's a cheap, Western fetishization of Eastern culture. But there is no denying it: Gilbert is witty and superbly skilled (this was her fourth book after all), welcoming readers into an honest world of self-reckoning that's keenly aware of its indulgences.
And now it's a film, due out August 13th. Its release is poignant because it's only been in the last few years that female audiences have become a viable market to producers. What's most astonishing, however, is that a film based entirely on a woman's self discovery, that involves sex and love solely as a by-product of—not path to—self-fulfillment, was even made. Imagine.
A positive female presence isn't the only thing I'm looking forward to seeing on screen though. As the countdown begins to its release, here are 10 other things I'm excited about:
2. Julia Roberts' return. No, I'm not counting Duplicity. Would you?
3. Post-card perfect images. The movie is deliciously devoid of green screen; it was filmed on location in Manhattan, Rome, Naples, Delhi and Bali.
4. Javier Bardem. Ok, so he's about 10 years younger than the character in the book, but I'll take it…that is, assuming he's to blame for the "rear male nudity" that ruffled the feathers of the MPAA ratings board (who initially gave the film an R rating).
6. Speaking of pizza…Roberts gained weight for the role—not something that's a given for women in Hollywood. It's not anywhere close to the 20 Gilbert packed on in Italy, but hey, it's a start.
7. The local Balinese man who was cast as Gilbert's mentor, medicine man Ketut Liyer.
8. Did I mention Javier Bardem? In breezy linen with a Brazilian accent, no less.
10. A movie that actually chronicles the book it's based on: shooting was done in sequence, starting with New York City and ending in Ubud, Indonesia.
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