BY DANITA STEINBERG
WHAT it’s about: A middle-aged housewife has a torrid love affair with a traveling photographer while her husband and two children are away for the weekend at a county fair.
WHO’s in it: Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood
WHEN it came out: 1995
HOW come you haven’t heard of (or seen) it: Honestly, there are a million great Meryl Streep movies to choose from on any given movie night. This one often gets shrugged off by the average movie snob as being too cheesy or chick flick-y.
WHY you need to watch it—immediately!
- It is quintessential Meryl. She was nominated for a Golden Globe, Oscar, and SAG in the best actress category for a reason. She gives a vulnerable, nuanced performance as Francesca–a performance that always takes my breath away.
- Meryl’s Italian accent.
- I hate to say it, but Clint Eastwood is kind of swoon-worthy in this movie. He is charming, mysterious and sensual. He awakens something in Francesca and that’s hard to ignore.
- Meryl and Clint have a-mazing chemistry.
- It’s a great conversation starter. What would you do if you were in Francesca’s shoes?
- A good cry is healthy and cathartic.
- Clint Eastwood’s direction is beautiful. This is a real pre-cursor to a lot of his other, more sensitive films.
- A sweeping musical score.
- The scene in the truck near the end (you’ll know what I mean when you watch it). There are few scenes in all of film that are more powerful than this one.
- It’s a perfect go-to for movie night with the gals.
Danita loves musicals, Bette Midler, sandwiches, Real Housewives, great horror films, and The Golden Girls. She’s a barista, bookworm, cinephile, and celebrity stalker. If she’s at home, she’s in her pajamas. Follow her on Twitter @danita_35.