The more I experience such films, the more I appreciate modern technology that enables me to see old films and catch up with a period of not seeing films at all. It is really a blessing and those who know me closely also suggest that this new found hobby keeps me out of mischief too!
Here is another instance of one review leading to my seeing another movie recommended by a friend. On reading my review of Mystic River, my friend Jayant had commented on its link in Facebook as follows: “Had loved ‘The Bridges of Madison County”, and I had responded with, “Sending for a DVD. Your recommendation is good enough. If it does not satisfy me, I can always claim a refund from you.” The DVD came and I saw it on Saturday evening, and Jayant, you don’t have to worry about sending me a refund.
It has been a long time since a love story has had such an impact on me. The last one that affected me as deeply as this one was Love Story. That film’s unforgettable opening line of “What can you say about a 25-year-old girl who died?” kept coming back to my mind as this story unfolded. What can you say about a fantastic performance by Meryl Streep?
The Bridges of Madison County is a flashback story of an Italian war bride coming to Iowa to a dull farming life, losing her dreams of America only to find illicit love in middle age which sees her through to her end. A beautiful story powerfully portrayed by Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood providing a remarkably sensitive support. Once again the latter impressing me with his directorial and acting skills.
There is no point in rating this film. This is a film that I will cherish as much as I do Love Story.