Monday, January 7, 2013

Elizabeth Gilbert: Eat, Pray, Love


One of my friends gave me a gift certificate to F.Y.E this year for Christmas, so a few days ago I walked over and purchased a few of my favorite movies.

One of which was, Eat, Pray, Love.

I know that a hefty percentage of the population who saw this movie didn’t care for it because they felt that the main character, Liz Gilbert, who the movie was about, and who also wrote the book, was nothing but a spoiled, self-indulgent, whiny and confused woman; searching for the impossible.

For several people I know, this film either annoyed them or they saw it as 'way too out there.'

However throughout these past few years, I've gradually met a lot of other people who, like myself, loved it.

I guess because many years ago I went through something similar to this, I can identify with the story. I think that's why I'm drawn to this film so much.

For those of you who might not be familiar with Eat, Pray, Love, it’s a true story about American author, Elizabeth Gilbert (portrayed by Julia Roberts), who appears to have it all - a prosperous writing career, a home in NY, a loving husband, and money.

Yet, she feels that her life is lacking something – something within her soul.

She seems to have lived her life going from relationship to relationship, never finding the fulfillment she was looking for, until she finally realized that the relationship she was seeking was the relationship she never cultivated with herself. She used her relationships with men to quench that hunger.

Along the way she also lost her passion for life, feeling numb inside.

Therefore, Liz knew she needed to make a change.

So she divorced her husband (giving him everything), and then took a year to travel to three different places; writing about it.


Italy - where she learned the Italian lifestyle of il dolce far niente (the sweetness of doing nothing). And also reconnected to passion through eating incredible Italian food; not feeling the slightest bit guilty about developing a 'muffin top.'


India - where she was forced to go deep within herself and learned how to embrace her imperfections and past choices; forgiving herself through prayer. This was perhaps the most intense and difficult chapter of her journey.


Bali - here is where she meets the sweet, funny and enlightened medicine man, Ketut, who teaches her how to trust and love again.

Thus...Eat. Pray. Love.

Personally, I honor this film because it’s one I can watch over and over again and learn something different each time.

Not only is it deeply moving and insightful, but it’s also drizzled with wonderful humor.

It's a story that both women and men can identify with because it's universal.

It’s an open and honest story that if we all look closely within, like Liz, have at times felt these things ourselves. Lost and confused.

I admire Elizabeth Gilbert for doing what she did because it took courage.

Her story is an amazing journey, which I feel contains a very powerful message.

Before she took the year to travel to Italy, India and Bali, her best friend told her that she was just running away from her issues.

Yet, she wasn’t running away at all because within that year she learned and grew; coming full circle.

Back to herself….


*If you would like to hear this really cool lady speak, please go here.

64 Comments:

  1. I am with you on this one Ron. I truly loved this movie...I saw it for what it was. I wasn't looking for a huge plot...or a violent movie. I just like movies that portray real life. And this one did just that. I, too, loved this and can watch it over and over again!!

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  2. of course, i have never seen this movie, but guess what? i'm going to the library to get it. i was just there looking at movies and had no clue what to get, but now i do. the movie sounds great. women in particular do so much for other people that we often times forget about ourselves. thanks for sharing, your reviews are always great.

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  3. Read the book--haven't seen the movie. But since I like Julia Robert and since I enjoyed the book....and since I seem to have a bit of time on my hands *laughing* I'm guessing I could try this one.


    I'm not sure I'm so wild about the 'eat' part....LOL......though plenty of us do that! (yes, I know it's not about the food but about enjoying the 'nothingness' we're afforded in life) But I think I could do that wise person in her life who pointed her in some directions and let her do her own discovering and growing. Oh wait.....I have one of those! ;-)


    Yup--thinking I'll give the movie a go!
    I've watched some silly ones in the past while...thinking this one won't be one of those! LOL

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  4. I never saw the movie. I read part of the book and fell pretty quickly into the camp who thought the author was a "spoiled, self-indulgent, whiny" sort of person. And although I like the concept - of making discoveries about life and relationships and spirituality - I just can't relate to movies/books about wealthy people who have a great awakening made possible by their money. Remember the movie "The Bucket List"? Same deal for me. I mean, who wouldn't love to take a year to travel and focus only on themselves? That will never happen for me. So, maybe I'll hold out for a book where some middle class person struggles through enlightenment while holding down a job and raising children!

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  5. I will be honest, I HATED the book! I got through the Eat part okay, but I found the Pray and Love sections to be incredibly boring. I'm a person who has a limit on introspection, I guess!

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  6. That sounds just the sort of film I would like. I must look out for it. x

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  7. I too couldn't make it through the book. I wanted to like it but just couldn't. I guess I agree with Secret Agent Woman on this one. Although, I do praise people for seeking out the answers they need. I'm just not sure it's really necessary to spend a year on an editor's dime doing it so that you can then write a book about it. Maybe I'm just jealous. Maybe not.

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  8. Hi Ronnie,
    How are you, sweetie? I have heard many good things about the book but have neither read it not seen the film.
    It sounds like a very significant story for all of us who are in that mid-life time( like me) or are just questioning many of society's values.
    These three acts are like the framework of who we are. Though, I can't say that if someone substitutes or discards the pray part is less happy. Each of us has a belief system so the verb "to pray" may be another action to s.o. else.
    Maybe the best thing that such a film will do is make us react towards the value of our own life.
    I will have to give this film a look!
    A great free and happy Monday to ya!!
    xox

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  9. I enjoyed the movie much more than the book.

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  10. Rob LenihanJanuary 07, 2013

    Great post, Ron! I've never seen the film, nor read the book, but I can certainly relate to that feeling of emptiness we all experience from time to time. It can be hard to find meaning in life when we're so worried about keeping our jobs and paying the rent. But getting lost is a good way to find yourself and you can accomplish an awful lot by doing nothing. Thanks for posting this, buddy, and have a great week!

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  11. This is a must see movie, Ron. And thank you SO MUCH for linking Liz Gilbert's talk to your post.


    I watched it the video the whole way through and listened intently to what she had to say. Oh boy, what a relief to know about the 'genius'. I often wondered why I got strange reactions to my creative writing, a sort of laughing banter about what creativity was all about. It gave me a bit of a phobia (which is still with me) about what I could do and how my work would be received by any who read it.


    It is true that creativity comes from somewhere within us even though we don't know what brings it on. I always say it is the characters in a book that dictate the story and direct the way it goes, the author only writes it down. Someone close to me refused to read anything I wrote, which didn't go down well with me. It hurt. So you can see how much good it did me to listen to Liz Gilbert saying all the things I know about but also telling how to cope with it.


    Thank you so much Ron. I owe you for giving me this opportunity.


    Have a great Monday, and the rest of the week x.

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  12. I will be honest, I HATED the book! I got through the Eat part okay, but I found the Pray and Love sections to be incredibly boring. I'm a person who has a limit on introspection, I guess!

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  13. Good morning Jeanne~

    " I truly loved this movie...I saw it for what it was. I wasn't looking for a huge plot...or a violent movie. I just like movies that portray real life. And this one did just that."



    Same for me. And the thing about this story that I especially loved was that it exposed Liz for exactly what she was like; not painting a pretty picture. People might not like the movie, but it's a true story. So I don't think it's the movie they don't like, it's more so the story.


    Thanks so much for stopping by, Jeanne. Have a terrific week!


    X to you and girlz!

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  14. Hey there V Girl~

    If you get the opportunity to see this film, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I think you will though!

    " women in particular do so much for other people that we often times forget about ourselves."



    Amen! I TOTALLY agree, and you will discover from watching this film, that that's EXACTLY what Liz learned!


    Let me know what you think about it.


    Thanks for stopping by, Val. Have a wonderful week!


    X

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  15. Hey there Secret Agent Woman~

    " I just can't relate to movies/books about wealthy people who have a great awakening made possible by their money."



    Yes, you're not alone in your thinking because SO MANY felt the same way. However, I saw it as some who, regardless of how much money and success she had, it still didn't fill the void inside her. I've never had a lot of money myself and could NEVER afford to take the trip she did, but I can still identify with her search. So think that's why I this movie touched me so much.


    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts and feelings about this story. Muchly appreciated!


    Have a super week!

    X

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  16. Good morning Pearl~


    Let me know what you think if you watch it. Hope you enjoy it, m'dear!


    Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful week!


    X

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  17. Hiya Jen~

    Funny, I started to read the book myself and stopped midway. I don't know whether it was because I wasn't really in the mood to read at the time, or that I just couldn't get into it. However, the movie (for some reason) I LOVED.

    "I'm just not sure it's really necessary to spend a year on an editor's dime doing it so that you can then write a book about it."



    I truly don't think it's necessary to spend a year doing what she did to come to the conclusions she did, because I think we can do that through our everyday life. But I can TOTALLY identify with her search because I've been there. The 'search' is the same, we just do it differently.


    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl. Have a grrrrrrrreat week!


    X

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  18. Hey there Suzi~


    I felt the SAME way! The movie, for me, brought the story alive.


    Thanks for stopping by, Suzi. Have a great week!


    X

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  19. Hey there Bijoux~

    Honestly, I didn't care for the book either. As I shared with Jen and Suzi, I tried reading it, but was either not in the mood to read at the time or it just didn't grab me. Yet, the movie did.

    "I got through the Eat part okay, but I found the Pray and Love sections to be incredibly boring. I'm a person who has a limit on introspection, I guess!"



    Yes, that was MANY people's feelings. But wasn't he Eat part faaaaaabulous? I get hungry from looking at the food every time I watch the movie - HA!


    Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts and feelings, my friend. Muchly appreciated!


    Have a wonderful week....X

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  20. Hey there Rob~

    "I've never seen the film, nor read the book, but I can certainly relate to that feeling of emptiness we all experience from time to time."

    Me too, and I think that's why I identified with this story so much.

    " It can be hard to find meaning in life when we're so worried about keeping our jobs and paying the rent. But getting lost is a good way to find yourself and you can accomplish an awful lot by doing nothing."



    Amen to all of that! Doing nothing is challenging because it doesn't really mean doing 'nothing.' It means experiencing and enjoying the moment without feeling the need to do, do, do.


    Thanks for stopping by, buddy. Have a grrrrrrreat week!


    X

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  21. Bonjour Barb~

    " I have heard many good things about the book but have neither read it not seen the film."

    To be honestly, I never finished the book because I was either not in the mood to read at the time or I just couldn't get into it. However, the movie had a much more profound effect on me. Perhaps because it was more visual.

    "These three acts are like the framework of who we are. Though, I can't say that if someone substitutes or discards the pray part is less happy. Each of us has a belief system so the verb "to pray" may be another action to s.o. else."

    Her story was not to imply that everyone needs to take the exact journey that she did to find oneself. It was not presented as a framework (or formula) of "how to" but rather the journey of one individual.

    Our own specific search and path is uniquely our own, therefore, HOWEVER we choose to do it will lead us all to the same - it starts and end with us.

    "Maybe the best thing that such a film will do is make us react towards the value of our own life."



    Exactly!


    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your insight, my friend. You've added much!


    Have a great week!


    X to you and D!


    P.S. if you watch the film, please let me know what you think.

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  22. Hiya Mel~

    I love Julia Roberts too. And there is something about her in this film that really made me enjoy her even more. She seems to GLOW in this film. Perhaps it was that she herself took the inner journey while filming this, but she really seemed to capture the essence!

    "I'm not sure I'm so wild about the 'eat' part....LOL......though plenty of us do that! (yes, I know it's not about the food but about enjoying the 'nothingness' we're afforded in life) But I think I could do that wise person in her life who pointed her in some directions and let her do her own discovering and growing. Oh wait.....I have one of those! ;-)"



    OMG...you should have seen me the other night while I was watching this film and it got to EAT part. I ran to the kitchen and prepared bruschetta on Italian garlic crackers with romano cheese and olive oil. I felt like I wanted to experience what she was experiencing in the film - HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!


    If you do rent the film, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. It was so wonderful too see the book come alive in images!


    Thanks oodles for stopping by, dear lady. Have a super-duper week!


    Hope your leg is mending well..


    ((((((( You ))))))
    X

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  23. Gooooooooood morning Valerie~

    Oh goodie...I am SO happy to hear that you went over and watched the video clip. Wasn't it faaaaaaaabulous? She is such an amazing public speaker. I was glued to her every word!

    " Oh boy, what a relief to know about the 'genius'. I often wondered why I got strange reactions to my creative writing, a sort of laughing banter about what creativity was all about. It gave me a bit of a phobia (which is still with me) about what I could do and how my work would be received by any who read it."

    Amen! And I think that we all (in no matter what we do) always wonder how our work will be received.

    "It is true that creativity comes from somewhere within us even though we don't know what brings it on. I always say it is the characters in a book that dictate the story and direct the way it goes, the author only writes it down."

    LOVE how you said that! For me, if I just step aside and how the creative energy to move through me (without THINKING about it), it just flows. I've felt that I'm a vessel through which creativity flows. My job is to just show up and be present.

    "Someone close to me refused to read anything I wrote, which didn't go down well with me. It hurt. So you can see how much good it did me to listen to Liz Gilbert saying all the things I know about but also telling how to cope with it."



    You GO, girl! I think blogging for me has helped me the most with that because when we blog, we give an offering. Yet, we cannot be sure as to how it will be accepted and understood. We just have to know inside that it was something that moved us to share, and it allow to be that.


    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts and feelings, dear lady. Always appreciate!


    Happy Monday and week!
    X


    P.S. if you watch the film, let me know what you think.

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  24. I loved the book when I read it. I too could relate Ron. It's funny, because I just picked up Committed, her memoir that picks up where EPL left off.

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  25. Ron, I read the book and saw the movie but I much preferred the movie, which is odd because I normally like books more. But with this book, I think it helped to see it happening rather than reading. Sometimes I think words don't transfer as well as seeing it because seeing it makes it (as you shared) come alive.


    I can see where people didn't like this story because Liz presented herself exactly she was, whiny, self-indulgent, spoiled and confused. But she took all that and transformed herself. And whether or not most us could afford to take the trip to investigate ourselves like she did is not really the point.The point is, she did it her way.


    Have a wonderful week, Ron.

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  26. Helloooooooooo Katherine!

    Great to see ya!!!!!!!

    Oddly enough, I tried to read the book but stopped midway because I was either not in the mood to read at the time, or perhaps it just didn't grabbed me. However, when I saw the movie I LOVED it!

    " It's funny, because I just picked up Committed, her memoir that picks up where EPL left off."



    Yes, I saw that she wrote another book which ties into Eat, Pray, Love ( her relationship with her husband), so I have to look for it.


    If you have the time to watch the video clip I shared on this post, please do because I think you would LOVE the way she speaks. Awesome lady, she is!


    Thanks for stopping by, my friend. Have a maaaavelous week!


    X

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  27. Hola Denise~

    I have to agree 100% with you about the movie versus the book. Yes, as I shared, the movie was much more visual and intriguing for me.

    "And whether or not most us could afford to take the trip to investigate ourselves like she did is not really the point.The point is, she did it her way."



    Amen and thank you! Most of us could not afford to take a trip like this in order to go on a personal investigation, but that was not the point of this story. The point was....the 'internal' investigation. In fact, I watched a video clip of a talk Liz was giving at a conference, in which she shared that people continually come up to her and say, "Do I have to take the same journey as you to get the same results?" And she said, "No..of course not. Your journey will be YOUR journey."


    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl. Have a wonderful week too!


    X

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  28. I've heard of EPL but had no idea what it was about. I have to say, it sounds like a fascinating journey of self-discovery, one in which I would consider embarking upon myself if I were dissatisfied with my life. In a sense, I did just that last year on my road trip.

    I can think of few things more satisfying than eating the food in Italy.

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  29. Howdy Mark~

    " have to say, it sounds like a fascinating journey of self-discovery.."

    I really think you would enjoy this movie (story) because of how similar our believes are in certain things. The thing I like about this story is that it openly exposes the inner challenges Liz was struggling with before she took this journey, and shows us how she moved through them (through her search), coming full circle.

    "In a sense, I did just that last year on my road trip."

    You sure did! And that just goes to show we can self-discover though many ways.

    "I can think of few things more satisfying than eating the food in Italy."



    Momma mia....you said it! And if you do watch this film, just WAIT until you see all the faaaaabulous food she ate!


    Thanks for stopping by, buddy. Have a wonderful week!


    X to you and Tara!

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  30. Ron, I really enjoyed reading this review. So much in fact that I will watch it because you have me curious now. Not only about the story, but the controversy in people's views.


    And don't you love Julia Roberts? Fine actress, and gets more beautiful with age.

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  31. Hey Ho Robert!

    Thanks, buddy! And if you do watch it, let me know what you feel. Yes, the varying opinions of this movie are passionate. But you watch it and see for yourself.

    "And don't you love Julia Roberts? Fine actress, and gets more beautiful with age."

    Yes, I do love Julia Roberts. She truly is a wonderful actress and very varied in her roles. And like you, I think she gets more beautiful with age. I actually think she's sexy!

    Thanks for stopping by, buddy. Enjoy your week!

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  32. hi Ron, great review. I saw the film last year but wasn't even aware it was autobiographical. that's makes it far more intriguing than I originally thought. I'll pay more attention if I happen to see it again, looking for some of the nuances that you mentioned. hope you have a marvelous week xo, diane

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  33. Herman TurnipJanuary 07, 2013

    Yep. Yep. Yep! Karin forced me to watch this movie, and by the time it was over I found myself surprisingly involved in it. Now, it's difficult to pull me away from my action/sci-fi flicks, but this one really snuck up on me in a good way. That, and "Date Night" with Steve Carell and Tina Fey. If you haven't seen that one you should check it out.

    Okay, back to viewing "Escape From New York"! Heh...

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  34. Hiya Diane~

    "I saw the film last year but wasn't even aware it was autobiographical. that's makes it far more intriguing than I originally thought."



    Yes, and that's what I love about this film...it's a true story. I was very late in watching this film because I wanted to wait and watch it after I had heard all the HYPE, so that I could see it in my own home and sit quietly, while coming to my own conclusions. I ended up really loving it.


    Thanks for stopping by, girl. Have a marvelous week!


    X to you and Cristybella!

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  35. Howdy Herman~

    " Karin forced me to watch this movie, and by the time it was over I found myself surprisingly involved in it. Now, it's difficult to pull me away from my action/sci-fi flicks, but this one really snuck up on me in a good way."

    Do you know what's funny? I had a feeling you and Karin had seen this film and was anxious to hear your opinion because I know how much you enjoy action/sci-fi flicks.

    You're right...this movie does sneak up on you and takes you by surprise. Even my brother, Tom, who is not really into these type movies enjoyed it because we watched it while was in Florida back in November.

    "Okay, back to viewing "Escape From New York"! Heh..."



    HA! You GO, boy!


    Thanks so much for stopping by, buddy. Have a wonderful week!


    X to you, Karin, and Mr. Tyler!

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  36. I SO just want to chuck it all and run away to find myself, too, but it would be hard to do with my posse in tow. I want to see this and yet, I've become a bit disenchanted with Julia Roberts in the last few years. Your thoughts make me want to give it some consideration, though. Have a great week!

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  37. Hey there Chrissy Girl~

    "I SO just want to chuck it all and run away to find myself, too, but it would be hard to do with my posse in tow."

    Yup...so few of us could do that, I agree. But I really don't think we all need to do that in order to find ourselves. This movie was 'Liz's' path and journey, our's will be different. What I strongly identified with in this movie, was not HOW she did it (although I did find it very interesting), but it was more so her "inner searching" because I too have done that.

    " I want to see this and yet, I've become a bit disenchanted with Julia Roberts in the last few years."

    Yes, people seem to either like Julia or not. I've grown more to like her as she's gotten older than I did when she was younger. There is something more mature about her now.

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, girl. Have a WONDERFUL week!

    X to you and posse!

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  38. Awww. Ron.


    I didn't LOVE this movie, but I didn't hate it either.

    :)

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  39. Hey there Meleah!

    Aw... that's okay, girl.

    (((((( You ))))))

    We can't all love the sames movies.

    But I'm glad to hear you didn't hate it :)

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by. Hope you're feeling better because for the past three days I've been sending you Reiki when I meditate in the afternoon; picturing you well!

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  40. Awwwwwwwwwwwww!

    I love you.

    You're the BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  41. I didn't read the book, but did see most of the movie. I liked the idea of it, I liked that it was based in truth, and I like Julia Roberts, but it didn't make my list of movies I'd watch again and again. Not really sure why? I love that it is that for you though!! :)
    As for movies with travel to unknown places go ... Under the Tuscan Sun, yeah baby! And more recently, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. I saw it 3 times already (in the theater) and now the dvd is waiting.


    Have a great week!

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  42. Be well, my friend!

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  43. Helloooooooooo Mary~

    " but it didn't make my list of movies I'd watch again and again. Not really sure why? I love that it is that for you though!! :)"

    That's okay, my friend. We can't all share the same zealous gusto about the same movies. But I'm sooooo glad you at least saw it and shared your thoughts about it. I think it's better that you saw the movie only, because I thought the movie was better than the book.

    "As for movies with travel to unknown places go ... Under the Tuscan Sun, yeah baby! And more recently, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. I saw it 3 times already (in the theater) and now the dvd is waiting."



    LOOOOOOOOOOOVE Under the Tuscan Sun. I OWN it and watch it often. Love Diane Lane in anything!


    The other one I haven't heard of but will look for it in F.Y.E.


    Thanks for stopping by, neighbor. Have a terrific week!

    X

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  44. I haven't watched this movie yet but it sounds interesting. I'm quite tired with all the action movies and lately I've been watching more of realistic drama type of movies.
    I can relate to the feeling of lacking something deep inside us although everything on the outside seems complete.

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  45. Jay of The Depp EffectJanuary 08, 2013

    Oh, it sounds as if I might like this one, too! I have never seen it, though the title rings a faint bell. I'll have to look out for it.


    Yes, that definitely took courage. I'm not sure I have that much courage, but then again, a voyage of self-discovery and growth should not follow in anybody's footprints, should it?

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  46. Greetings Zunnur~

    Yes, to me this movie was very interesting and deep.

    ". I'm quite tired with all the action movies and lately I've been watching more of realistic drama type of movies."

    I'm the same way. I'm not much into movies that contain a lot of violence. And we here in the U.S. seem to promote them a lot. Now I do enjoy scary movies, but not ones that are violent or gross. I like scary movies that are suspenseful and psychological.

    "I can relate to the feeling of lacking something deep inside us although everything on the outside seems complete.

    Exactly.

    Always nice seeing you here, Zunnur. Have an awesome week!

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  47. Hey Jay!

    I think you might enjoy this film, however, it's one that seems to either instantly ring true for someone or annoy them.

    " I'm not sure I have that much courage, but then again, a voyage of self-discovery and growth should not follow in anybody's footprints, should it?"



    No. It should be individual. As I shared, I went through something very similar to this but I didn't travel for a year, I did it right here. Yet, I could so identify with her being confused and lost.


    Always great seeing ya, Jay. Hope you're having a great week and that Sid is doing well!


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  48. I have yet to see this movie. I bet I would like it. Like you, I have had this experience (but I didn't get to quit my job and take a year off). I may rent it, but it will have to be sometime when Paul is away. His number one rule for renting a movie is that it must have "explosions". Now, you know why he many times does not understand my posts.....
    xo,
    Bill

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  49. Helloooooooooo Bill!

    Yes, for some reason I think you would like it.

    " Like you, I have had this experience (but I didn't get to quit my job and take a year off)"

    HA! Yeah, neither did I. I had to go through it WHILE living my normal life and brother, let me tell ya....it wasn't easy. However, it was worth it!

    " I may rent it, but it will have to be sometime when Paul is away. His number one rule for renting a movie is that it must have "explosions". Now, you know why he many times does not understand my posts....."

    HAHAHAHAHAHHA! OMG...that's HILARIOUS!!!!

    Thanks for stopping by, buddy.

    X to you and Paul (Mr. Explosion Man)

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  50. Ron I just wanted to let you know that I ordered this film online today and will be watching it as soon as it arrives. Looking forward to it!

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  51. OMG....that's faaaaaaaaabulous, buddy!!!!! Wow..I can't believe how fast your did that. My only hope is that you enjoy it as much as I do. Let me after you watch it!

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  52. hi ron,
    i saw you had posted on this book/movie and thought to myself-i don't want to tell him how i feel about it. so i put it off coming by... but can't do that for very long, right? :) anyway i didn't like either or. i think it's partly because i felt it was so extremely unrealistic. especially the "spiritual" journey she took. the movie lost me about there and i never finished it because it felt trite to me. i kept thinking that if they had let roberts play a real woman instead of this put-together movie star, maybe... anyway dear ron, glad you enjoyed. i just watched the beautiful marigold hotel or something like that. with dame judy, maggie smith and a whole bunch of others, you need to see it. it's so good, so touching and it has a bit of everything for those of us who like it that way. it's one i will probably buy because i could watch it again and again. like enchanted april but very updated and not just women this time. really good... have a good one, dear ron. love you. xoxoxo

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  53. I have read this book but never seen a movie. Now I think I should see this movie:)

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  54. Dianne WilsonJanuary 09, 2013

    I still have mixed feelings
    I liked it for many of your reasons but as I watched it I kept being bugged by how almost impossible it would be for me - financially, physically - to do something like this - as it would be for most people
    hell, even Oprah - who loves the movie - said she'd find it hard to do
    then again the hard to do is the most rewarding
    and so you see I go back and forth

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  55. Good morning Linda~

    I'm GLAD you stopped by and shared your opinion of the film. I remember posting something about a year ago where I briefly mentioned the film and you had said in your comment that you didn't care for it.

    Either people like this film or they don't (for whatever reasons). And as you read in some of the comments here, there were many people who felt as you do - they simply didn't like it.

    I know that we can't all enjoy the same movies/books because that's just not realistic. We each see things differently, and that's okay.

    " i just watched the beautiful marigold hotel"

    OMG...some else mentioned that film in their comment and said that they REALLY enjoyed it. I must stop by F.Y.E and see if they sell it because I'll just buy it. They sell previously viewed movies CHEAP. And just from the way you described it and the cast (maggie smith and dame judy) I think I might like it!

    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts and feelings on this film, dear friend.

    Have a faaaaaaaabulous week!

    xoxoxooxoxoxo

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  56. Gooooooooood morning Lady Dianne~

    "I liked it for many of your reasons but as I watched it I kept being bugged by how almost impossible it would be for me - financially, physically - to do something like this - as it would be for most people."

    Yes, absolutely. I don't think there are many of us who COULD do something like this the way Liz did it. Yet that's not what I, personally, identified with. It was more so her desire for the 'inner search.' For me, the three places that she went to 'represented' the various stages she went through to get to where she needed to go internally. But without a doubt, we don't all need to do that on our own paths - that was just hers.

    Inner searching is something many of us desire, but we can all do it differently.

    "then again the hard to do is the most rewarding and so you see I go back and forth.



    You said it, dear lady! And yes, I can see why.


    Mucho thanks for stopping by and sharing your feelings on this movie. You ROCK!


    Hope you're having a supa' week!


    X to you and the gang!

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  57. Sabi SunshineJanuary 09, 2013

    I have read this book but never seen a movie. Now I think I should see this movie:)

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  58. Greetings Sabi!


    I started to read the book but didn't finish it. However, when I saw the movie.....I fell in love with it. Oddly enough, watching it happen rather than reading about it made the story come alive for me.


    Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you're enjoying a wonderful week!

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  59. Ron, I saw this movie twice. Once in a theater and then about a year later on DVD. I liked it much better the second time. I think you have to be in the right frame of mind to see this movie because it's very deep.


    Really nice review!

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  60. Morning Matt~

    So you've seen it? Glad to hear you liked it. And you're right...I think your frame of mind has a lot to do with it. As I shared in my comments, I couldn't get into the book but the movie really grabbed me.

    Always nice seeing ya, bud. Thanks for stopping by!

    Hope you're enjoying your week!
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  61. Ron, the movie arrived today, so I'll be watching it sometime this weekend. Can't wait!

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  62. Woot! Woot! Excellent, buddy! Email me with your thoughts after you watch it. Enjoy!

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  63. Angelia SimsJanuary 13, 2013

    I happened to catch part of the movie not too long ago. I didn't see all of it. But I thought it represented the book very well. The first time I read the book I LOVED it. In fact, I got the audio book so I could hear all those Italian words. That was awesome!
    I had gotten out of a marriage filled with drugs, and verbal abuse. It was perfect for that time in my life. And I learned a great deal about myself in those years. Later, I met Jason (my husband now). His kinder, gentler soul fit me perfectly. And this time I recognized that because of my journey. Funny thing is...his wife separated from him after she read this book. It was little strange to hear that. Two completely different people in completely different marriages. Maybe, it has an understanding beyond what we understand.....Hmmm..

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  64. Hey there Angelia~

    "And this time I recognized that because of my journey. Funny thing is...his wife separated from him after she read this book. It was little strange to hear that. Two completely different people in completely different marriages. Maybe, it has an understanding beyond what we understand.....Hmmm.."

    OMG...that's AMAZING! I got CHILLS when I read that!

    You're right, it has an understanding BEYOND what we understand!

    Thank you SO MUCH for stopping by and sharing your story, you add a lot to this post!

    (((((((( You ))))))))

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