Comparing movies with a friend and “The Bridges of Madison County” was mentioned. I had not seen it, I remember all of the talk about it sometime ago, but I never saw it, not even on VHS or DVD. How did that happen? I looked up the year it came out….oh…. 1995. That explains it, two teenage boys, running my own business, a barely there husband, testosterone was literally dripping off the walls. I would not dare to bring a romance movie into the house. There was such an incident after I brought in “Steel Magnolias” Then there was an out and out mutiny when I brought home “The Princess Bride”. I had to swear within an inch of my life that there were fights and swords, kings and trolls. I was exonerated. But I knew better than to even attempt another romance movie and for years I didn’t.
So with the boys long gone, the living room empty and I am in absolute total control of the remote, I searched Amazon and rented it for the evening, then curled up in my chair with a glass of Reisling and watched. OMG….I recognized so much in the story, in the main character Francesca, her life, her frustrations, her sacrifices and most of all, her heart! I kept having to stop and replay some of the magnificent dialog. Some of the passages burned me like a hot poker others my heart recognized immediately …. I cried like a baby at the end and then...... watched the movie all over again!
“And in that moment, everything I knew to be true about myself up until then was gone. I was acting like another woman, yet I was more myself than ever before.”
Robert James Waller, The Bridges of Madison County
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