Friday, September 23, 2011

Eat Pray Love

Eat Pray Love (2010)

Director: Ryan Murphy

Screenplay: Ryan Murphy and Jennifer Salt

Star cast: Julia Roberts, Javier Bardem and Richard Jenkins

Eat Pray Love is a story of a married woman, Elizabeth Gilbert (played by Julia Roberts), who realizes that how unhappy her marriage is, and her life needs to go in a different direction. After getting divorce and suffering in another relation she takes off on a round-the-world journey to find herself and peace of life. She goes to Italy, India and finally Bali (Indonesia) to get back herself after a series of experiences that she had during her journey.

Elizabeth Gilbert played by Julia Robert
The movie starts with the usual mid-life-crises that a couple faces and that sometimes results to painful divorce. After that she meets to a stage actor but that too didn't work out for her, leaving her alone and miserable. 

Getting Divorce with her husband Stephen
Her relation with David also didn't work
So God knows why she decides to go to Italy. During this journey the movie got some interesting moments that is worth sharing. 
Elizabeth meets to a girl who is also learning "Italian" and suggest her to learn from the same tutor. There is an interesting scene where an Italian friend of the tutor blames Elizabeth's miserable condition to her being an American, that they don't know how to enjoy the life and how to create a work-life balance. In Italy everybody is master of it and they call this "dolce far niente", the "sweetness of doing nothing".

They also correct the way Elizabeth is trying to learn the "Italian", as Italian is not only speak through words rather by hands.

After having a great time In Italy and an enriching feeling of what it means to being with family, Elizabeth's journey continues to India in search of peace and spirituality.The introduction of India is very typical as a land of slum and poverty as described in many Hollywood movies.Nevertheless she joins an "Ashram" and try to find her inner peace in the chant of "shlokas" and Hindu rituals. 

Here she meets to Richard from Texas, USA and learns an important lesson to stay here till she would be able to forgive herself. What we try is to seek the forgiveness of others, in order to move forward, but it is more important and difficult to forgive self. 
From here she moves to her final destination Bali, Indonesia, where she meets a spiritual Guru 'Ketut' who
teaches her the most important aspect of life that "sometimes to lose balance for love is part of living balanced life". 

She met a guy in Bali, first she gets fall in love with him then decides to walk out, but somehow with her all good intention she decides to lose balance in order to find her love of life.

So, the climax goes with her own words: "In the end I have come to believe in something I call “the Physics of the Quest”. A force in nature is governed by laws as real as the laws of gravity. The rule of Quest Physics goes something like this: If you are brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting, which can be anything from your house to bitter, old resentments and set out on a truth-seeking journey either externally or internally and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher and if you are prepared most of all to face and forgive some very realities about yourself then the truth will not withheld from you."

The End

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