Film: Eat, Pray, Love
Cast: Julia Roberts, Javier Bardem, James Franco, Richard Jenkins, Billy Crydup
Director: Ryan Murphy
Rating: Good

Shauli Chakraborty
True to its title, the film is definitely about eating, praying and loving. After her divorce and a quick relationship on the rebound, Liz (Julia Roberts) finds herself losing the ability to feel and sets out on a quest to rediscover balance in her life.
The rest of the movie is about her journey, what she discovers along the way and the realisation that ruins can lead to transformation. Her first stop is Italy whose language and culture influences her deeply and begins the healing process inside.
Some scenes shot in Naples and other small eateries are memorable. Like the one where a hairstylist is surprised at Liz’s zest for the Italian language and says she will never learn the language without using her hands. This is followed by a couple of scenes that show people on the streets conforming to the observation. There is another scene where Liz digs into a plateful of spaghetti and rediscovers her appetite. Spaghetti has never looked this sexy before.
After Italy she goes to India and decides to live in an ashram. But here too peace eludes her. She finds a friend and critic in Richard Jenkins and confesses she still misses her boyfriend. Richard snaps back, “Miss him then! Send him a gift whenever you see something that reminds you of him. After that, drop it!” Rushita Singh as Tulsi fails to impress. She plays a typical 16-years-old Indian girl who is being forced into wedlock. Her dialogue delivery is pathetic and emotive abilities better left unsaid.
The next stop for Liz is Bali where she meets her guru and rediscovers love and life. This is where the crux of the movie lies. It is here she deducts what she calls the physics of the quest. There is one dialogue that hits you hard. When her guru tells her to smile Liz exclaims, “I can do that. Its easy.” “No its not,” replies the medicine man from Bali, adding, “Not when you have to smile with your heart, with your brain and even with your liver.”
Javier Bardem as Felipe is suave and impressive. If Julia Roberts is your primary reason to watch the film then Javier Bardem should be your second. Such actors, my dear, are a rare breed these days. He has one beautiful line, “Sometimes to find that balance in life you have to lose all your balance!”
In terms of technique and cinematography the film is brilliant. Director Ryan Murphy sure has lived up to the book. It’s a great movie with some philosophy thrown in — at all the right places.