Embrace the glorious mess (Eat, Pray, Love movie review)

Before turning thirty, Elizabeth Gilbert (Julia Roberts) had everything she could ever dream of: loving husband, house outside the city, and good work. Nevertheless, she was neither happy nor fulfilled. She survived divorce, serious depression and unhappy love. And then she started looking for her real self again. “Eat, Pray, Love”, directed by Ryan Murphy, is a movie about traveling that becomes a cure for pains and regrets. It’s based on a paradox – you recognise and understand yourself better when you are away from what you know – people, places, culture, tradition.
“Eat, Pray, Love” is a movie about what can happen when you decide to take the responsibility for your satisfaction and happiness in your own hands. It’s a simple, momentary banal tale for those who have ever woken up in the morning with an irresistible desire for change. After a couple of years of divorce and after the emotional breakdown, which was caused by another toxic relationship, Liz is mentally and physically exhausted. She deals with sleepless nights, takes countless amounts of antidepressants, is constantly unable to find balance in her life. After hearing the prophetic words of a shaman from Bali, who she visited during one of his business trips, she decides to devote one year of her life to traveling.
She visits three countries: Italy, India, and Indonesia. In each of these places she is looking for something completely different, something that only one particular country is able to offer. In Italy, she learns Italian, enjoys the sound of this language and the taste of typical Italian cuisine. To India she goes with the intention of finding God. That’s why she devotes her time there to prays, meditation, and yoga. Indonesia helps her in finding a balance between the pleasure she has experienced during her four months in Italy and the devotion she has learned in the ashram in India.
The movie is neither very deep, nor surprising, but it can be watched as a handbook of good life – you don’t expect it to be a revolutionary picture and enjoy its simplicity. “Eat, Pray, Love” is a perfect choice for a summertime sadness, but also for cold winter nights, because it really recalls the atmosphere of the countries that the protagonist is visiting.