Eat, Pray, Love, the wildly popular book by Elizabeth Gilbert — and the movie by the same tiltle starring Julia Roberts and directed by Ryan Murphy, are the focus of the film adaptation program this month at the Northside Branch of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library this month. In his video review of last summer’s movie, Eat, Pray, Love, Richard Roper gave it high marks:
“… it’s a lovely film with a great message and a wonderful performance by a genuine movie star, Julia Roberts.”
Based on Elizabeth Gilbert’s own experiences, traveling in Italy for four months — focusing on the importance of good healthy delicioius food, classically prepared with classic recipies and great fresh ingredients and shared with family and friends – she fulfills the first imperative she set for herself, to “Eat” — and to enjoy the simple pleasures that await.
On the path for spiritual fulfillment, as well, this young woman spends the next three months of the year at an ashram in India, where she makes an effort to learn and to practice relaxation techniques and to Pray – although she does socialize with some other interesting seekers along the way – including one wizened soul who seems to speak only in “bumper sticker” language, as he encourages her to find her quiet center in meditative equipoise: “If you want to get to the castle, you’ve got to swing the moat.” Finally, then, she comes to Bali in Indonesia, in order to find a balanced center within herself, between the earthly realm and the spiritual realm, and instead she finds romantic Love – as the best of both worlds – which may or may not have been accessible there at home, but who’s to say? The cinematography is very cheerful and refreshing, despite the economic dire straights of folks residing in the various locations who no doubt enjoy a psychic benefit of such surroundings which may compensate in some ways for the elements of modern technology that are absent. The exotic music that comprises the soundtrack is also quite pleasant as an accompaniment.
The next selection for the Books Made into Movies program will be Chocolat, directed by Lasse Hallstrom, with Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench and Alfred Milina, based on the novel by Joanne Harris, on August 20, 2011. Ms. Harris’ sequel, “The Lollipop Shoes” was publised in 2007.
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