"Awe inspiring classic"
"Meryl Streep brings emotion, depth
and a sense of reality to a very challenging role"
"I have never found a movie as moving as this"
The Bridges Of Madison County directed by Clint Eastwood, starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep
Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep team up for the
first time in this film version of Robert James Waller's story of a
photographer who arrives in Madison County, Iowa, to get the Roseman and
Holliwell covered bridges on film for National Geographic magazine. When
he stops at a farmhouse to ask directions, he meets a bored, restless
housewife on her own for a few days. From that moment their lives are
Clint Eastwood was an unusual and (as
it turned out) perceptive choice to direct and costar in this lush
adaptation of Robert James Waller's phenomenally best-selling novel. Meryl
Streep costars as Francesca, the lonely Iowa farmer's wife who is
instantly attracted to Robert (Eastwood), the photographer from National Geographic who is in the area to photograph the bridges
along Iowa's rural roadways. The two fall in love while Francesca's
husband and children are away at a county fair, but the story's passion
and lasting appeal derive from their decision to part forever after just a
few brief days of intimate connection. Superbly acted with an emphasis on
quiet, graceful moments of tender revelation, the film builds to a
crescendo of powerful and conflicting emotions. Like David Lean's Brief Encounter (to which it bears marked similarities), The Bridges of
Madison County is destined to become one of the classic film love
The last 15 minutes of this film are absolutely heart breaking. Years
after the affair - passions are reawakened and the results leave a
devastating blow for Francesca. Meryl Streep manages to make you weep in the
final scenes through her silent determination not to shed any tears. When
she does let go, the urge for you to follow suit is out of your control.
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