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
The opera playing in the background at the pizzeria isn't an Italian opera, but rather Der Hölle Rache Kocht In Meinem Herzen from "Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, an Austrian. See more »
When Elizabeth and Tulsi talk over lunch at the Ashram, Tulsi is wearing glasses on her face. In the next shot of Tulsi, from behind, her glasses are on top of her head. In the next shot, the glasses are back on her face. See more »
You feel guilty because you're American. You don't know how to enjoy yourself!.
[looking a bit taken aback]
I beg your pardon?
It's true. Americans know entertainment, but don't know pleasure.
This is Luca Spaghetti, by the way, you know.
Your name is Luca Spaghetti?
Yes, that's what our family is called. We invented it. I'm serious. Listen to me. You want to know your problem? Americans! You work too hard. You get burned out. Then you come home and spend the whole weekend... in your pajamas in ...
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Two moments have stayed with me, one in particular: Javier Bardem crying as he says goodbye to his 19 year old son. The moment provokes a reaction on Julia Roberts's character that makes her totally human. The moment comes on the last third of the film so I thought it was a bit too late to start my relationship with her. The other moment happens at the beginning after she decides to walk away from her marriage and realizes she has broken her husband's heart. Terrific Billy Crudup fighting back tears as the elevator door closes. I love Julia Roberts but I can't quite buy her "philosophical face" 42 years of age in the new millennium is far too young for that kind of crisis, specially when the crisis is provoked by something missing in her. So, okay, a journey of discovery, but then...? The discovery is that she knew it all along. What next. I must say the guys in the movie get the prize, third price really. The first price goes to the location, second price to the food - goodness, the food! - and third to the guys. Bardem fantastic, Richard Jenkins superb - Billy Crudup surprisingly real, James Franco also great and Luca Argentero another plus.
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