A married woman realizes how unhappy her marriage really is, and that her life needs to go in a different direction. After a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey to "find herself".
Liz Gilbert (Roberts) had everything a modern woman is supposed to dream of having - a husband, a house, a successful career - yet like so many others, she found herself lost, confused, and searching for what she really wanted in life. Newly divorced and at a crossroads, Gilbert steps out of her comfort zone, risking everything to change her life, embarking on a journey around the world that becomes a quest for self-discovery. In her travels, she discovers the true pleasure of nourishment by eating in Italy; the power of prayer in India, and, finally and unexpectedly, the inner peace and balance of true love in Bali. Written by
In July 2016, the real Elizabeth Gilbert (played by Julia Roberts in the movie) announced the end of her marriage to José Nunes (the man called "Felipe" in her book and its movie adaptation and played by Javier Bardem in the movie). Then, in September 2016, Gilbert further revealed (in a Facebook post) that the reason for that marriage's breakup was that she had fallen in love with her best friend of 15 years, Rayya Elias-something Gilbert only realized after Elias was diagnosed with incurable pancreatic and liver cancers. About Elias, Gilbert wrote: "She's my best friend, yes, but it's always been bigger than that. She's my role model, my traveling companion, my most reliable source of light, my fortitude, my most trusted confidante. In short, she is my PERSON....something happened to my heart and mind in the days and weeks following Rayya's diagnosis. Death-or the prospect of death-has a way of clearing away everything that is not real, and in that space of stark and utter realness, I was faced with this truth: I do not merely love Rayya; I am in love with Rayya. And I have no more time for denying that truth. The thought of someday sitting in a hospital room with her, holding her hand and watching her slide away, without ever having let her (or myself!) know the extent of my true feelings for her...well, that thought was unthinkable. Here is the thing about truth: Once you see it, you cannot un-see it. So that truth, once it came to my heart's attention, could not be ignored....For those of you who are doing the math here, and who are wondering if this situation is why my marriage came to an end this spring, the simple answer is yes. ... So. Here is where we stand now: Rayya and I are together. I love her, and she loves me. I'm walking through this cancer journey with her, not only as her friend, but as her partner. I am exactly where I need to be-the only place I can be." See more »
Liz and her friends order spaghetti carbonara at a restaurant in Rome. The movie shows a pasta dish with tomatoes at the group's table. Carbonara contains pancetta, parmigiano-reggiano, black pepper and eggs, but no tomatoes. See more »
Dear friends and loved ones: My birthday's coming up soon. If I were home, I'd be planning a stupid, expensive birthday party and you'd all be buying me gifts and bottles of wine. A cheaper, more lovely way to celebrate would be to make a donation to help a healer named Wayan Nuriyasih buy a house in Indonesia. She's a single mother. ln Bali, after a divorce, a woman gets nothing, not even her children. To gain custody of her daughter, Tutti, Wayan had to sell everything, even her bath mat, to ...
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The greatest emotion I felt from the film was hunger (for Italian pizza), thirst (for Italian wine)
I loved the book. I thought Julia Roberts as Liz was fantastic casting.
The trailer looked awesome. I smiled every time I saw it. Turns out, I
loved everything about this movie except the movie.
Long story short, it's all of the arc of the book, without any of the
passion. While never horrible, this film simply made me feel nothing.
I found the book soulful, moving, even transformative at times. The
greatest emotion I felt from the film was hunger (for Italian pizza),
thirst (for Italian wine), and an occasional dizziness due to director
Ryan Murphy's apparent recent discovery of how to "pan." It was
laughable camera-work throughout the first 45 minutes, and occasionally
The first 1/2 hour of the film was almost unbearably bad, even though
the first section of the book was amongst my favorites. Perhaps someone
who did not read the book could enjoy this movie, but I somehow doubt
it. One time Liz made a joke, that was a nice break from the feeling of
being in a lukewarm bathtub for 2 1/2 hours. Not unpleasant, just meh.
Instead of finding Liz intelligent and thoughtful, she seemed selfish,
boring, and obsessed with men. Instead of finding spirituality, she
seemed vapid. When the character becomes shallow, a film centered
around that character becomes a throw away. Maybe I'll just watch the
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