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Eat Pray Love

Let yourself go this August. 

Year: 2010 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 (XWide) 
Certificate: BBFC PG Cert – Parental guidance 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Ryan Murphy 
Starring: Julia Roberts, Javier Bardem, Viola Davis  
An image from Eat Pray Love

Liz Gilbert, played wonderfully by Julia Roberts, is a modern city woman who appears to have everything – friends, a house, a job and a husband. However, she is yet to find two crucial parts of her life: herself and her happiness. Following a bitter divorce, Liz packs her bags, up and goes on a journey of a lifetime in order to find these missing elements.

She rediscovers her love of food in Italy, the power of prayer in India and lastly, finds love in Bali. Well, the film’s title is Eat Pray Love, so all that is kind of to be expected. However, there are many magical moments along the way, as she helps others just as much as they help her. The relationship built in India with Richard from Texas (as he is known on the credits) is beautiful to watch on screen, as both have fled to India in a hope to leave behind past lives and troubles. However, both are unable to find inner peace without the help of each other.

The scenes in breath-taking Bali, where Liz is reunited with medicine man Ketut are some of the best. We see Liz’s relationship blossom, not only with Felipe (the stunning Javier Bardem), but with herself. It is the final stage of her journey, but can she discover what she really wants?

Based on Elizabeth Gilbert's best-selling memoir, this film is very much a personal account, an insight into someone’s life. Throughout the entire film you really get a sense of this one woman’s journey and it is lovely watching her character gradually unfold on screen as Liz becomes the person she wants to be in this funny, heart-warming romance drama.

Emily Hopkins

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Screenings of this film:

2010/2011 Spring Term (35mm)
2010/2011 Spring Term (35mm)