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".
After she discovers that her boyfriend has betrayed her, Hilary O'Neil is looking for a new start and a new job. She begins to work as a private nurse for a young man suffering from blood ... See full summary »
Katherine Ann Watson has accepted a position teaching art history at the prestigious Wellesley College. Watson is a very modern woman, particularly for the 1950s, and has a passion not only for art but for her students. For the most part, the students all seem to be biding their time, waiting to find the right man to marry. The students are all very bright and Watson feels they are not reaching their potential. Altough a strong bond is formed between teacher and student, Watson's views are incompatible with the dominant culture of the college.Written by
Krysten Ritter and Lily Rabe, now both well known leading actresses, appear in numerous scenes of the film as extras - playing students in the art history class. See more »
Giselle runs early in the film. At one point, a microphone is visible, taped inside her shirt. See more »
All her life, she had wanted to teach at Wellesley College. So, when a position opened in the Art History department, she pursued it single-mindedly until she was hired. It was whispered that Katherine Watson, a first-year teacher from Oakland State, made up in brains what she lacked in pedigree. Which was why this bohemian from California was on her way to the most conservative college in the nation.
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The end credits for the prominent cast and crew are set in front of vintage footage and advertisements showing women in the 1940s and 50s. See more »
I cannot understand how this movie is 6.1 out of 10 on IMDb. It's worth an 8, as just a very accurate period piece, and for the soundtrack which is also a great period piece. Short of movies made in the period, it would be hard to find a film that better represents the role of (even upscale) American women in the 1950s.
Julia Roberts' performance was excellent, as was that of several of her students. If anything was lacking, it was the performances of just about all the men in the cast, who were uniformly lackluster.
My wife and I both found it very entertaining and something interesting to chat about...and we disagree about everything! LOL.
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