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Eat Pray Love is a 2010 American biographical romantic drama film starring Julia Roberts as Elizabeth Gilbert, based on Gilbert s 2006 memoir of the same name. Ryan Murphy co-wrote and directed the film, which was released in the United States on August 13, 2010. It received mixed reviews from critics, but was a financial success, grossing $204.6 million worldwide against a $60 million budget.
Elizabeth Gilbert had everything a modern woman is supposed to dream of having – a husband, a house, a successful career – yet like so many others, she found herself lost, confused, and searching for what she really wanted in life.
Inexplicitly unhappy and restless after eight years, Elizabeth doesn t want to be married anymore. Stephen doesn t understand why and doesn t accept the divorce easily. In the meantime she has a brief affair with David, a young actor.
So, finally newly divorced and at a crossroads, Gilbert steps out of her comfort zone, risking everything to change her life, embarking on a three point trip: Italy, India and Bali, a journey around the world that becomes a quest for self-discovery.
In her travels, she discovers the true pleasure of nourishment by eating in Italy, enjoying pastas and gelato for four months. A new Swedish friend introduces her to a private Italian tutor, and they celebrate Thanksgiving together right before she departs for her next stop.
Liz heads to an ashram where she experiences the power of prayer in India. In addition to mass prayer sessions, honoring their guru, she s assigned the chore of scrubbing floors. Texas Richard keeps her on her toes as well as supporting her. When he s ready to move on, she s reassigned to greeting and orienting new arrivals.
Feeling more centered, Liz moves on to Bali, Indonesia. A year after first meeting him, she reintroduces herself to Ketut there. He gives her various tasks. While Liz is cycling she is run off the road, so is sent to Wayan in the village to help cure a bad gash in her leg. There she meets Brazilian Armenia, who convinces her to come back to the village that night to the Beach Shack for dancing.
There, Felipe approaches Liz, apologizing for almost killing her with his jeep. Armenia tries to set her up with young Ian, but she doesn t want another idle fling. Felipe offers to give her a lift. Hours later he returns with a hangover cure and his number.
They hook up, and two weeks later Liz makes an appeal to her friends to donate to Wayan s future house, coming up with over 18,000. When Felipe proposes they spend a few days together in a remote spot, Liz panics, breaking up with him.
Deciding her time there is over, Liz gets prepared to leave and stops to say farewell to Ketut. He encouages her to embrace, not run from, love. She acknowledges his advice and runs to the dock after Filipe where she confesses her feelings to him. Finally and unexpectedly, the inner peace and balance of true love comes to her.
- Julia Roberts as Elizabeth Liz Gilbert
- Javier Bardem as Felipe, a Brazilian businessman Gilbert falls in love with on her journey
- James Franco as David, the man Gilbert has an intense relationship with while she is finalizing her divorce
- Richard Jenkins as Richard, a Texan Liz befriends at an Indian ashram
- Viola Davis as Delia Shiraz, Gilbert s best friend
- Billy Crudup as Steven, Gilbert s ex-husband
- Sophie Thompson as Corella, a woman at the Indian ashram
- Mike O Malley as Andy Shiraz, Delia s husband
- Christine Hakim as Wayan, Gilbert s best friend in Indonesia
- Arlene Tur as Armenia
- Hadi Subiyanto as Ketut Liyer, Gilbert s advisor in Indonesia
- Gita Reddy as The Guru
- Tuva Novotny as Sofi, Gilbert s Swedish best friend in Rome
- Luca Argentero as Giovanni, Gilbert s Italian tutor and Sofi s love interest
- Rushita Singh as Tulsi, Gilbert s friend at the ashram
- Laksmi De-Neefe Suardana and Dewi De-Neefe Suardana as the owners of Indus restaurant.
Eat Pray Love began principal photography in August 2009. Filming locations include New York City (United States), Rome and Naples (Italy), Delhi and Pataudi (India), Ubud and Padang-Padang Beach at Bali (Indonesia).
Hindu leaders voiced concern over the production of the film and advocated the use of spiritual consultants to ensure that the film conveyed an accurate reflection of life in an ashram. Both Salon.com and The New York Post have suggested that Gurumayi Chidvilasananda was the guru featured in the film and in the book by Elizabeth Gilbert on which the film was based, though Gilbert herself did not identify the ashram or the guru by name.
The two Balinese lead characters (Ketut Liyer and Wayan) are played by Indonesian actors Hadi Subiyanto and Christine Hakim, respectively.
The film debuted at #2 behind The Expendables with $23,104,523. It had the highest debut at the box office with Roberts in a lead role since America s Sweethearts in 2001. During its initial ten-day run, revenue grew to a total of $47.2 million. The competing film The Expendables features Eric Roberts, Julia Roberts s brother, and the box office pitted Roberts versus Roberts. Hollywood.com commented that sibling rivalry is rarely as publicly manifested as this. The film, produced on a $60 million budget, grossed $80,574,382 in the United States and Canada and has a worldwide total of $204,594,016.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 36% approval rating based on 207 reviews with an average rating of 5.20/10. The site s critical consensus reads The scenery is nice to look at, and Julia Roberts is as luminous as ever, but without the spiritual and emotional weight of the book that inspired it, Eat Pray Love is too shallow to resonate. On Metacritic, it has a score of 50 based on reviews from 39 critics, indicating mixed or average reviews . Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film a grade B on scale of A to F.
Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian gave the film 1 out of 5 stars, beginning his review Sit, watch, groan. Yawn, fidget, stretch. Eat Snickers, pray for end of dire film about Julia Roberts s emotional growth, love the fact it can t last for ever. Wince, daydream, frown. Resent script, resent acting, resent dinky tripartite structure. Grit teeth, clench fists, focus on plot. Troubled traveller Julia finds fulfilment through exotic foreign cuisine, exotic foreign religion, sex with exotic foreign Javier Bardem. Film patronises Italians, Indians, Indonesians. Julia finds spirituality, rejects rat race, gives Balinese therapist 16 grand to buy house. Balinese therapist is grateful, thankful, humble. Sigh, blink, sniff. Check watch, groan, slump.
Wesley Morris of The Boston Globe gave the film 3 out of 4 stars while writing Is it a romantic comedy? Is it a chick flick? This is silly, since, in truth, it s neither. It s simply a Julia Roberts movie, often a lovely one. San Francisco Chronicle film critic Mick LaSalle overall positively reviewed the film and praised Murphy s sensitive and tasteful direction as it finds way to illuminate and amplify Gilbert s thoughts and emotions, which are central to the story .
Negative reviews appeared in The Chicago Reader, in which Andrea Gronvall commented that the film is ass-numbingly wrong , and Rolling Stone, in which Peter Travers referred to watching it as being trapped with a person of privilege who won t stop with the whine whine whine. Humor website Something Awful ran a scathing review. Martin R. Vargo Schneider highlighted several aspects of the film that he considered completely unrealistic. Political columnist Maureen Dowd termed the film navel-gazing drivel in October 2010.
The BBC s Mark Kermode listed the film as 4th on his list of Worst Films of the Year, saying: Eat Pray Love… vomit. A film with the message that learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all, although I think the people who made that film loved themselves rather too much.
In The Huffington Post, critic Jenna Busch wrote:
Eat Pray Love is ultimately charming and inspirational. Though it doesn t have quite the impact of the book, it will likely leave you pondering your life choices and forgiving your flaws. It will certainly have you forgiving the few flaws in the film. The performances are just too fantastic, the vistas too lovely to pay too much attention to anything else.
In the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, journalist Curzio Maltese wrote:
How many platitudes fit in a two-hour-twenty-minutes-long movie? Several, if Eat Pray Love is anything to go by. Sure, if TV director Ryan Murphy s directing weren t so slow, even more would. For example, in the long part shot in Rome, the mandolin is conspicuously absent. There s a shower of spaghetti, Italians who gesticulate all the time and shout vulgarities as they follow foreign girls around. There s lots of pizza. But no mandolin. Why? Goes without saying that the story would ve surprised us more if Julia had found out how well one can eat in Mumbai, how much they pray in Indonesia, and how one can fall in love even in the Grande Raccordo Anulare, possibly avoiding rush hour.
The film received generally negative reviews in the Italian press.
Marketers for the film created over 400 merchandising tie-ins. Products included Eat Pray Love-themed jewelry, perfume, tea, gelato machines, an oversized Indonesian bench, prayer beads, and a bamboo window shade. World Market department store opened an entire section in all of their locations devoted to merchandise tied to the movie.
The Home Shopping Network ran 72 straight hours of programming featuring Eat Pray Love products around the time of the film s release. The decision to market such a wide range of products, hardly any of which were actually featured in the film, brought criticism from The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Washington Post and The Huffington Post.
|Plot||A married woman realizes how unhappy her marriage really is, and that her life needs to go in a different direction. After a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey to “find herself”.|
|Awards||Awards, 2 wins & 2 nominations|
|Writers||Ryan Murphy, Jennifer Salt, Elizabeth Gilbert|
|Stars||Julia Roberts, Javier Bardem, Richard Jenkins|
|Produced by||Dede Gardner,Gary L. Hayes,Jeremy Kleiner,Ute Leonhardt,Tabrez Noorani,Brad Pitt,Marco Valerio Pugini,Neil Ravan,Pravesh Sahni,Stan Wlodkowski|
|Music by||Dario Marianelli|
|Cinematography by||Robert Richardson|
|Film Editing by||Bradley Buecker|
|Casting By||Francine Maisler,Robert Sterne|
|Production Design by||Bill Groom|
|Art Direction by||Charley Beal|
|Set Decoration by||Massimo Papini,Letizia Santucci|
|Costume Design by||Michael Dennison|
|Makeup Department||Alessandro Bertolazzi,Stefano Ceccarelli,Richard Dean,Bernard Floch,Manolo García,Eryn Krueger Mekash,Sherri Berman Laurence,Michael Mekash,Liz Olivier,Gilberto Provenghi,Aaron F. Quarles,Lyndell Quiyou,Yasmin Rogers,Frank Vazquez,Amy Duskin|
|Production Management||Simona Batistelli,Stefano Biraghi,Diego Cavallo,Fabiomassimo Dell Orco,Kaushik Guha,Sanjay Kumar,Enrico Latella,Alessandro Manni,Rajeev Mehra,Rob O Hare,Lyn Pinezich,Chanpreet Singh,Paul Wambach,Stan Wlodkowski,Vincent G. Scotti|
|Second Unit Director or Assistant Director||Raj Acharya,Udayan Baijal,Inti Carboni,Elena Casnati,Federica Durigon,Mauro Fiori,Alfonso Gomez-Rejon,Emil Heradi,Ben Howard,Sonia Kanwar,Puneet Khanna,Miguel Lombardi,Abdul Manaf,Nicola Marzano,Arindam Mukherjee,Rama Sastra Negara,Andrea O Connor,Marco Orsini,Freya Parekh,Santoso Sunu Purwoko,Scott Robertson,Sameer Sadhwani,Karan Sidhu,Newton Thomas Sigel,Jonas Spaccarotelli,Ridhima Sud,Yozo Tokuda,Simonetta Valentini,Mudita Vohra,Derek Wimble,Alessandra Fortuna,Jan Michelini,Dennis Nagpal,Ilaria Rucco|
|Art Department||Yosef Barbalat,Andrew Baseman,Shane Bennett,Liz Bonaventura,Lauren Buckley,Giuseppe Cafagna,Cristina Cecili,Razzi Chan,Sunil Chhabra,Sachin Dabhade,Rudy Darmawan,Guido DeCurtis,Rakesh Dhiman,Natalie N. Dorset,Jacopo Dubla,Tommaso Dubla,Marco Ficorella,Steve Fratianni,Peter Gelfman,Raffaella Giovannetti,Ook Gojali,Adam Goodnoff-Cernese,Kenneth Hammer,Rini Sri Handayani,Gajanand Irfan,Seema Kashyap,Rajendra Kumar,Yogendra Kumar,Francis Lee,Luciano Magagnini,Roberto Magagnini,Adri Marzuki,Antonio Murer,Cristina Onori,Massimo Papini,John Pollard,Robert T. Prate,Claudia Pugnaloni,Ida Yuliasti Rachmad,Gianpaolo Rifino,Danilo Rossiello,Kapil Saini,Letizia Santucci,Alessio Schenone,Steven Shellooe,Eve Silvester,Narayan Singh,Patricia Sprott,Ravi Srivastava,Claudio Stefani,Venkatesh V.,Nigappa Yaranal,Zachary Zirlin,Emily Beck,Guy L. Bermel,Rebecca Blazak,Shannon Robert Bowen,Peter Bulavinetz,Massimiliano Ciamei,Joseph Ciccariello,Leonardo Cruciano,Eddie DeCurtis,Sandro Ercolini,Isaac Gabaeff,Kevin Gillespie,Arya Harsono,Soma Helmi,Bradley Klipp,Jeffrey D. McDonald,Brielle Murray,Maia Rose,Kyle Salvatore,Diana Salzburg,Jennifer Santucci,Paul Steinberg,Baby Tamba,Armando Vici,Arthur Vitello III,Ashley Wellbrock,Seth Williamson,Robert Yapkowitz|
|Sound Department||Shalini Agarwal,Prapul Betapudi,Laurent Boudaud,Anthony J. Ciccolini III,Rickley W. Dumm,Vincent Guisetti,Leilani Jones,Pamela Kahn,Drew Kunin,Tony Lamberti,Lisa J. Levine,Howard London,Michael Minkler,Anthony Ortiz,Daniel Pagan,Manish Pingle,Michael Primmer,Eryne Prine,Aufa Rachmat Ts,Kyle Rochlin,Lynn Sable,Arief Budi Santoso,Alessandro Savino,Solange S. Schwalbe,David Williams,Jeremy Balko,Jason Stevens,Greg Townsend|
|Special Effects by||Daniel Acon,Antonio Agostini,Marco Corridori,Adam Howarth,Drew Jiritano,Andrew Mortelliti,Joseph Mortelliti,Doug Coleman,Stephanie Finochio,Stephen Powers|
|Visual Effects by||Ron Ames,Brian Battles,Anthony Bussiere,Beau Cameron,Adam Gerstel,Teri Shellen,David Sliviak,Mary Thorne,Charles Bunnag,Michael Dillon,Thomas Mathai|
|Stunts||Giorgio Antonini,Paolo Antonini,Ameen Arf,Jacqueline Freda,Jeff Habberstad,Tabby Hanson,Alessandro Novelli,Marco Pancrazi,Franco Maria Salamon,Myke Schwartz,Ilyas Sheikh,Imran Sheikh,Ivano Silveri,Myke Schwartz|
|Camera and Electrical Department||Nico Adrian R.,Shariff Ali,Grady Bayersdorfer,Sam Bender,Mickey Bergstrom,Cristiano Biagioli,Inder Burji,Michael F. Burke,Chris Centrella,Edward J. Cox,Mulchand Dedhia,Claudio Del Gobbo,Massimiliano Dessena,John Donohue,Michael Duarte,François Duhamel,Marco Emidi,Tiziano Emidi,Mauro Faina,Sergio Faina,Mara Galus,Gianni Gentili,Paul Hamlyn,Rob Harlow,Tino Hendrawan,Sarah L. Hendrick,Yoseph Yudi Hermawan,Vishal Jain,Siby Joseph,Ian Kincaid,Steve Koster,Dora Krolikowska,Marcostavros Maggi,John R. Manocchia,Stephanie Martin,Brett Matthews,Larry McConkey,Tommaso Mele,Mike Montgomery,Amril Mu Minin,Ed Nessen,Rocco Palmieri,Daniel Pershing,Francesco Pintore,Adhitya Rachman,Kurt Rimmel,Darren Ryan,Thomas T. Ryan,Ramesh Sadrani,Sanjay Sami,Bobby Sanivarapu,Tiziano Saraca,Lowell Schulman,Stuart Sedgmen,David Shaw,Danilo Simotti,Marco Sticchi,Massimiliano Sticchi,Bill Summers,Masanobu Takayanagi,Gregor Tavenner,Emiliano Topai,Garie Wetherill,Francesco Zaccaria,Giovanni Antonini,Christian Baird,Cesar Baptista,Bob Becchio,Jeremy Braben,Luigi Calvitti,Alessandro Cardelli,Bidhan Chanda,Dylan Crawshay-Williams,Himmat Deol,Daniele Dessena,Stefano Di Pasquali,Birgit Dierken,David Ganczewski,Christopher F. Graneto,Trupti Jagtap,Rashid Jam,Simone Lucchetti,Hugh McCallum,Andy Niceberg,Megan Ogilvie,Riccardo Pau,Giorgio Pezzotti,Kiran Reddy,Flaviano Ricci,Massimo Rinella,Stefano Rucco,Kelly Rutkowski,Samarth Sahni,Harish Sandhu,Alessandro Sardini,Lorenzo Sardini,Luca Sardini,Francesco Sauta,Dobb Schreiber,Cristiano Sergioli,Brian Smith,Katie Waalkes,Giacomo Zampieri|
|Casting Department||Nikki Barrett,Elizabeth Chodar,Kathy Driscoll,Deborah Gabinetti,Dennis Gilfeather,Alfonso Gomez-Rejon,Inneke Indriyani,Lynn Kressel,Kevin Kuffa,Gianni Laricchiuta,Seher Latif,Saad Mansoor,Ania O Hare,Robert Sterne,Lilia Trapani,David M. Waldron,Maurizio Cusano,Barone Francesca,Lia Gotti,Lauren Grey,Berthy Joris,Romani Nadia,Joy Shean|
|Costume and Wardrobe Department||Marco Alzari,Rati Atkar,Kristine Bellerud,Joanna Brett,Susi Campos,Andhika Dharmapermana,Marco Fantoni,Eleonora Fichera,Augusto Grassi,Bharat Mandekar,Riyaz Ali Merchant,Jess Neff,Isabelle Patrice,Kevin Ritter,Tania Soeprapto,Giusi Vacalebre,Fran Vega-Buck,Laura Wehrman,Danielle Cadorette,Clare Cardoni,Christian Cordella,Mirren Gordon-Crozier,Lee Harper,Cristina Marta,Tim McKelvey,Lior Ozan,David Paulin,Jessica Pitcairn,Leah Rogers,Cristina Spiridakis,Dejana Sremcevic|
|Editorial Department||Michel Aller,Doc Crotzer,Brian Cunningham,Mo Henry,Joe Leonard,Yvan Lucas,Roland Eisinger,Ben Estrada,Élodie Ichter,Ken Lebre,Christopher McDonald,Harry Muller,Tom Reiser|
|Location Management||Francesco Colicigno,Antongiulio Dell Orco,Rajeesh Dham,Dena Ghieth,Marco Giacalone,Akram Malik,Robin Melville,Kip Myers,Giuseppe Nardi,Domenico Maria Porcelli,Edi Sugeng Purwitono,Franco Rapa,Federico Santangelo,Joan Susilo,Ryan Coleman,Edna Colicigno,Katherine Delaney,Trish Gray,Joanna Klein,Christopher LeStrange,Daniel Pollack,Raffaello Vignoli|
|Music Department||P.J. Bloom,Jake Cannon,Dominick Certo,Sandy DeCrescent,George Doering,Olga FitzRoy,Heather Guibert,Jake Jackson,Randy Kerber,David Klotz,Sharmila Guha Lash,Jason Lippman,George Martin,Steven Price,John Richards,Liza Richardson,Ryan Robinson,Maggie Rodford,Katherine Rolle,Peter Rotter,James Thatcher,Eric Tomlinson,James Walker,Benjamin Wallfisch,Rich Wheeler,Nick Wollage,Ryan Castle,Vincent Cirilli,Kier Lehman,Danita Ng-Poss,Jason Poss,Jasper Randall,Bettie Ross|
|Script and Continuity Department||Mary Cybulski,Andrea Tolomei|
|Transportation Department||Pradeep Arora,Raju Atkar,Steven Day,Leonardo de Angelis,Henry Dray,Matteo Rubbio,Dennis Salomone Sr.,Giuseppe Santoni,Stuart Sedgmen,Bhawani Singh,Kevin R. Wood,Marco Taglioni,Paul Wambach|
|Additional Crew||Pradeep Arora,Supriya Bagga,Ryan Bennett,Mona Bernal,Aarti Bhatia,Ganesh Singh Bist,Ranjani Brow,Lauren Butler,Al Cerullo,Naveen Chandranarayana,Sanjay Chaturvedi,Gay Cobham,Peter Davis,Simona De Angelis,Tomas Deckaj,Jim DeMarco,Ranti Yustina Dewi,Ranty Yustina Dewi,Federica Durigon,Sarah Esberg,Cecilia Escobar,Marcella Eugenie,Longiness Fernandes,Mauro Fiori,Maria Fiorito,Matt Flanders,Daniele Fornaciari,Manoj Kumar Gahtori,Christian Giuliani,Gideon Goodblatt,Michael Goosen,Jack Groom,Tania Gunadi,Matt Haggerty,Matthew Hodgson,Wendy Hoffman,Craig Hosking,Scott Howell,Deepak Jaitely,Lydia Jo,Dianne Jones,Nick Jordan,Kim Justice,Paul Kahil,Brendan Lee,Cristina Leurini,Rafael Lima,Natasha Mago,Gaia Marotta,Wiwit Marzuki,Sanjeev Maurya,Lisa McPherson,Lulu Morgan,Elizabeth Neveu,Marco Orsini,Pankaj H. Pandya,Andrea Papaleo,Space Pejoski,Spase Pejoski,Maggie Pierson,Craig Proctor,Angela Quiles,Vikram Raj,Claire Raskind,Mary Robinson,Chris Rodriguez,Soma Roy,Yustina Anita Sandrayanti,Tino Saroengallo,Adnan Shah,Manhar Shaheed,Mohd Shareefuddin,Gurmeet Singh,R.P. Singh,Rakesh Singh,Vishal Singh,Susan Spungen,Alex Starke,Siti Sundari,Fifi Tandjung,Alison Teal,Ashley Tener,Elvira Elisabet Veron,Joseph Virdone,Adail Viveiros,Zachary Woodlee,Matteo Bardelli,Deborah Becker,Mike Boodoo,Giovanni Bossetti,Roma Chugani,Ira Chute,Giusi Cortese,Maurizio Cusano,Khireswor Das,Tanya Donatelli,Daniele Fabrizi,Alessandro Fiorito,Chiara Frosi,Gianluca Gamberini,Giulia Guiducci,Melanie Hammond,Kahlil Joseph,Ben Katz,Nurul Khan,Pardeep Khanna,Kristin Kruger,Ashley Lambert,Kelly Lawrence,Adam Levy,Carlos Lobo,Ahmed Lucan,Brendan C. Lynch,Daniela Macrillo,Adriano Martelli,Tushaar Mehra,Stefania Monetti,Valentine Payen-Wicaksono,Joseph Perron-Kozar,Teddy Phuthanhdanh,Andrew Liam Pringle,Amit Rastogi,Buck P.B.D. Rodgers,Jessie Rodgers,Peter Pamela Rose,Somchai Santitharangkun,James Schram,Geraldine Schubert,Jeiron Session,Mona Sishodia,Keleigh Slaight,Swati Tandon,William Thompson,Nadia Venesse,Giulia Verdone,Beth Waller,Steven Wargo,Chad Welch,Joshua Williams,Henry Winnik|
|Thanks||Andy Mckay,Ridhima Sud|
|Genres||Biography, Drama, Romance|
|Companies||Columbia Pictures, Plan B Entertainment, Red Om Films|
|Languages||English, Italian, Portuguese|
|Keywords||emotional balance,indonesia,inner peace,young woman,new york|