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Funny and touching!
Four young friends [Vivi, Teensy, Caro and Necie] in Louisiana create a secret sisterhood in 1937, swearing eternal devotion to each other and they remain best friends through all the triumphs and tragedies in their lives. When Siddalee Walker [Sandra Bullock], the daughter of Vivi [Ellen Burstyn], a successful playwright, has an interview with Time magazine in which she condemns her mother's impact on her life, Vivi goes ballistic, cutting her daughter out of her life. So, the other members of the Sisterhood "kidnap" Siddalee, attempting to set her straight about her mother.
The film then jumps back and forth in time, with Ashley Judd playing the younger Vivi. She has a lot of happy adventures with her Ya-Ya sisters, but also has to deal with a jealous mother, a true love who dies in WWII and a family with a man [played, in present day, by James Garner] she had to settle with. There is also a dark secret that is the core of the mother-daughter alienation, which must be dealt with in order for the rift between Vivi and Siddalee to heal.
The entire cast is just fabulous, including the present-day sisters, Fionnula Flanagan, Shirley Knight, Maggie Smith and of course, Ellen Burstyn. The dialog is full of wickedly hilarious one-liners about men, alcohol, friendship and growing old.
The DVD is wonderful. There's commentary by Ashley Judd, Callie Khouri [the director], deleted scenes, a documentary titled "Unlocking the Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood," Alison Krauss' music video for "Sitting in the Window of My Room" and a lot more!
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, sadly, did not do much box office, which was a shame, as it is a realistic vision of women and life-long friendships. Do not miss this one!
Callie Khouri did a great job...
with a treasured women's book.
Casting was inspired, the cinematography and sets were beautifully filmed and the soundtrack was perfectly in keeping with the story, and a creative mix of artists.
There is one major glitch in a film that is surprisingly well adapted from the book, and that is the focus on the present. With less about Siddalee and her fiance, one or two more flashback gems of the Ya-yas as girls and as young mothers would have added greatly to the understanding of the ties that bind women together. Most of the best moments are in the flashback sequences, although Ellen Burstyn, Maggie Smith and the rest of the older Ya Yas make for a strong and funny ensemble in the current day, and James Garner is completely believable as a Shep, worn down by years of living with the quicksilver Vivi.
There is one scene from the past - a yard party before young Jack goes to war, where Ashley Judd as the young Vivi is so beautifully luminous in a yellow dress, that the whole novel comes alive again, and you can really believe in the power of her life force. Sandra Bullock, on the other hand, is just adequate as Siddalee, with little of her usual sparkle, and not really believable as a product of a southern upbringing.
So, I guess I really mean that I enjoyed the novel much more, which is usually the case, but that I was pleasantly surprised to
enjoy this film as "somewhat Divine". The DVD will have a place in my collection.
Go see it!
Mother daughter reunion.....................................
I LOVED THIS MOVIE!
The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood tells the story of how the Ya-Yas, try to fix the gap between mother and daughter, daughter and fiancee, and in doing so, lead to a greater, deeper level of understanding between all of them as well.
I highly recommend this movie for all mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends.
It's not just about that but its so much more having real friends who would go against you in order to help you! This is such a great movie.
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