Wednesday, February 22, 2006
'I used to be the mother.
I used to be the wife.
But now I'm Shirley Valentine again ...'
I love this movie. For those of you who have never heard of it, it's about a 42 year old British wife and mother who has lost her self somewhere along the way while caught up in raising her children and meeting the needs of those she loves best. It's a common enough story and perhaps a self-effacing act that was and still can be considered normal enough.
The movie tells the story of this particular woman's journey from her kitchen; the place where she talked with her friend 'the wall' to Greece, where she met and rediscovered the girl that used to be her.
It's delicious, and although a gentle humour is woven throughout this slightly dated movie, it's popularity, awards and revues reveal that many can relate to the storyline.
I haven't fallen in love with him. I've fallen in love with the idea of living. Shirley Valentine.