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Mother of two, living life in small-town South Africa

Mommy angst

Little Children

We rented Little Children last night. What a movie! Deeply intense, gripping and all about surburban, mommy angst. I reckon it’s American Beauty meets Crash, but somehow seemed more touching and emotionally real. Scriptwriting is brilliant, with cutting, clever dialogue with all kinds of things you can recognise. Could have done without the voiceover, though. And Kate Winslet should have won that Oscar…

Sarah Pierce: I think I understand your feelings about this book. I used to have some problems with it, myself. When I read it in grad school, Madam Bovary just seemed like a fool. She marries the wrong man; makes one foolish mistake after another; but when I read it this time, I just fell in love with her. She’s trapped! She has a choice: she can either accept a life of misery or she can struggle against it. And she chooses to struggle.
Mary Ann: Some struggle. Hop into bed with every guy who says hello.
Sarah: She fails in the end, but there’s something beautiful and even heroic in her rebellion. My professors would kill me for even thinking this, but in her own strange way, Emma Bovary is a feminist.
Mary Ann: Oh, that’s nice. So now cheating on your husband makes you a feminist?
Sarah: No, no, it’s not the cheating. It’s the hunger. The hunger for an alternative, and the refusal to accept a life of unhappiness.
Mary Ann: Maybe I didn’t understand the book!

A long, but great, review here.

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