Shirley Valentine [VHS] [Import]
British actress Pauline Collins repeats her stage success as the character Shirley Valentine, a married woman who decides in her middle years that she wants more out of life. Leaving her spouse behind, she heads to Greece, where she grows close to a low-key, local bloke (Tom Conti). Collins and director Lewis Gilbert (Educating Rita) choose to let the character, as she did in the play, speak directly to the audience at times, and the gamble works in terms of creating a gentle, intimate atmosphere. Conti is a bonus, a warm presence and funny to boot. --Tom Keogh
What happens when you've got no one to talk to; when everyone takes you for granted? You might start talking to inanimate objects, or you might decide to escape for a while . . . say, to Greece, perhaps?
Shirley Valentine takes a fairly mundane plotline - that of a lonely, underappreciated housewife - and weaves it into a story so full of humor and joie de vivre you'll be ready to pack your bags, too.
Originally a one-woman stage production, the screenplay was wonderfully adapted for the large screen. Pauline Collins stars as Shirley Valentine, a role she played in the original stage production as well.
Shirley Valentine-Bradshaw wonders what happened to the feisty young girl she used to be. Now an empty-nester housewife in Liverpool, she's stuck in a steak-on-Thursday rut. A series of closely spaced interactions that are out of her control act as a catalyst that allows Shirley to take back control of her own life.
The part of the film that takes place in Greece is, of course, magnificent. But much more than just the setting is how Shirley is transformed by the experience.
I first saw this film many years ago, and absolutely fell in love with it. A few years ago a local theater company produced the stage play, and I loved it so much I had to see it twice. It was fascinating to see the stage play, and compare that to the way the film was produced. I have even more admiration for the quirky film now, seeing how the writer and director were able to adapt it for the screen without losing the character of the stage production.
My husband finds it ironic that two of my favorite films (the other being American Dreamer) deal with the same theme - bored housewife takes a trip abroad & has life changing experience. Even more ironic is that Tom Conti plays a somewhat similar role in both films.
See this film! It's quirky cinema at its best.
The actress who plays Shirley Valentine won a Tony for doing this on Broadway.
Starting Pauline Collins & Tom Conti
For those who know nothing about Shirley Valentine ... get this DVD! I don't know a woman who can't relate to it, or a man who shouldn't see it.
This movie is wonderful, it has a touching story line...
This really isn't just a movie about a middle aged housewife, it's
about freedom, and not getting old before your time...
When I watch this movie I feel good and it really inspires me to
travel and emplace simple things, like a beautiful glass of wine...
Pauline Collins really looks beautiful in this movie and in the
last part, she has this fresh look about her that shows how a little
time away can take the weight of the world of your shoulders.
I think this is the original feel good chick flick and if you like
Under the Tuscan sun you will love this...
PS the 80's fashion also rocks:-)