The Bridges of Madison County (1995)

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Robert Kincaid (Clint Eastwood) is a National Geographic magazine photographer. One of his assignments requires him to take photographs of covered bridges and this leads him to the place of a housewife named Francesca Johnson (Meryl Streep) somewhere in Iowa. At this time, Francesca’s husband and two children have left for the Illinois state fair for a few days. Unintentionally, Robert and Francesca fall for each other during the four days that her family is away. This love affair is revealed and told by her now adult son and daughter through Francesca’s journals which they have found after her death. How her children react is interesting and heartwarming as the love story itself.

It is a big mistake to just sit down and watch this movie without a tissue box beside you. Meryl Streep is such a great actress that I even get fooled that she actually speaks with an Iowa accent. On the other hand, Clint Eastwood proves that he is not only a sensitive actor, but also a brilliant director. For example, the vision and sound of the banging of the screen door is something that cannot be taken for granted. For me especially because I almost got hit while eavesdropping to their characters’ caring conversation in the kitchen. Of course, I am only imagining this. But you see, that is the power of this movie. One can really get involved in some scenes. Good thing that the narration of the two children comes in once in a while. Otherwise, boom! The audience will see a ghost reflection (that’s me) in the bedroom mirror!

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But kidding aside, I cannot remember how many times I leaned over to pull tissues from the box. The agony of a housewife in choosing between what her mind and her heart tell her to do is tear-triggering. The patience of a once-a-stranger-photographer can be incomprehensible to many men nowadays. If I could only envelop the two of them with my body (Do I have one?), I would so that their togetherness could be free from judgmental eyes. Seeing heavy rains through glass windows still brings back a heartbreaking scene from this awesome romance-drama movie. Find out why!

The Bridges of Madison County (1995)
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