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Monday, September 20, 2010

I'd prefer to 'Eat Drink Play'

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I finally saw "Eat Drink Pray" this weekend and disliked it intensely. I've written a response to it on my personal blog, "Sacred Disorder" (whose name I'm changing to "Headcase," the name of my former CL column):

I have not read Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir, which became a New York Times bestseller a few years ago. I was equally reluctant to see the movie it inspired this year, starring Julia Roberts. My reason wasn’t unique. Everything I read about “Eat Pray Tell” suggested it was a superficially glamorous tale of a rich white woman’s midlife crisis. Gilbert quested for meaning by schlepping dewyy-eyed around Italy, India and Bali.

I broke down and saw the film last night. My reason was pretty singular: I wanted to see how it relates food and spirituality. Food and love are frequently associated in film. (Think “Like Water for Chocolate.”) But nothing in my film-going experience relates food and spirituality. And I have to admit I was intrigued because I’m a foodie who happens to have been on a spiritual path during long periods of my life.

I'm not quoting my post in full here, since I look at more than just the foodie part of the film. I do, however, take up an aspect of the exhibition of taste that I find especially repugnant.

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