The problem is, they didn't seem to try, there was too much lack of empathy and emotion, and they utterly failed to make be care about them as people. Maggie Smith was hilarious as Caro and Ellen Burstyn was outstanding as Vivi Dahlin'. And then it had an anti-climax, and then another anti-climax. It's such a great reminder of the beauty of life and how to press on. I just can't buy the 'all is forgiven' ending, it seemed way too easy for all that happened. There are these kind of examples all through the book. The humour is funny enough and does not go overboard.
See this film with your girl friends, and make sure you bring a box of Kleenex with you. Hopefully my sacrifice will benefit the greater good because it was such a lame piece of celluloid I was wishing for any kind of interruption to put me out of my misery. Well, forward ahead to modern day and we see Sidda Walker Sandra Bullock who is a successful playwright and she gives an interview to Time magazine and says her childhood was difficult. Yes, she had a nervous breakdown. The fact that Sandra Bullock can be watchable even in the dregs like this movie speaks more to her talent than the movie's success. The parts are all incredibly well played certainly expected of mature actors like Maggie Smith, Fionnula Flanagan and Ellen Burstyn. She has been successful in starting an entirely new life, in the process gaining distance from her alcoholic, mercurial mother back in Louisiana.
I don't know why I waited so long to read this book. I am more of an intrigue, romance, fantasy gal. After all the hype and comparisons to 'Steel Magnolias', 'Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood', sadly, did not do much box office, which was a shame, as it is a more intimate, realistic vision of women and life-long friendships than the glossier 'Magnolias'. She discusses her painful childhood and particularly Vivi's less-than-enviable mothering skills in a Time magazine article. It could have opened our eyes to the ways we fall into whatever relationship opportunities present themselves rather than make truly genuine and thus difficult decisions. The movie, which I saw yesterday, was exactly like the book, which I read a few months ago.
One thing that comes through loud and clear is the power of friendship and love. I'm sure there were flaws like the accents of Louisiana and technical stuff, but altogether, the movie really reaches many levels. No one will understand fully the anguish that the children went through as children or the anguish that Vivi went through in her own childhood. Well, she finds out from Sidda's fiance' Conner Angus Macfadyen that they have her but she is not allowed to see her. I also really loved the part where Sidda begins to question her ability to be a good mother and wife.
Siddalee, the Sandra Bullock character, gradually comes to understand her grandmother and mother and is thus gradually able to forgive them. Meanwhile, no one stopped drinking, Siddalee never got the opportunity to actually confront her mother regarding her mother's abuses, and Siddalee's father never left the woman who tortured him for so long. The word is ya'll not you all. Perhaps when you're tired of stupid comedies, disgusting horror films and over-the-top action thrillers. Surely they could have found a better women's story to film. I just wanted to quit watching so many times throughout the movie but had to watch it till the end because it was work related.
While it's all those things, it's also about a mother, Vivi Ellen Burstyn in the present, Ashley Judd in the past who drank too much and beat her kids. It will probably make some money with marketing targeted to devotees of the book, but they too might be disappointed. I'm glad there's a movie that brought that subject to light. In charges the other members of the Sisterhood, kidnapping Bullock, and attempting to make things right! Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood starts when Sidda Lee Walker,a New York playwright,opens a can of emotional worms with her estranged, alcoholic mother, Vivi. The direction of this film was terrible.
The most effective scenes in the film come from Ashley Judd who is suppose to be a young Vivi and although I'm not convinced of how good of an actress she is, she is good in this film. She had a special childhood, and she knows it, but events in the past, inflicted on her by her ya-ya mother, have left her uncertain of how to love, or if she is worthy. Some films you like right out of the gate. It is without a doubt the worst movie I've ever seen in my life! The ya-yas pull each other through the worst of times, and celebrate the best of times together. This would be a great movie for any child of an abusive mother. Topics like abuse and addiction were treated non-judgmentally and the idea of women having children was treated in a very nonstereotypical way, which I appreciated.
The Oxygen mask I can only assume was a device designed to explain or hide her lapses into English. The storyline is very light hearted to begin with, but gets darker. Recovering from right foot surgery has given me the uninterrupted time to sip, savor, and belabor the Divine Sisters, their secrets and their healing dysfunction. So Sidda forgives Vivi, even though Vivi still never apologized. This is a woman whose favorite films include any woman whose last name is Hepburn.