Meryl Streep Month #1: Kramer vs Kramer, Brides of Madison County

The two movies Kramer vs. Kramer and The Bridges of Madison County by Meryl Streep are two setups that would require one to look at them to appreciate. In Kramer vs. Kramer, it is notable how the separation of a couple can have an impact on a wide section of the society.

Madison County is a movie of sorts depicting the life of a lonely Italian –American woman who falls in love with a visiting photographer to Madison County. Just like in the story in Kramer vs. Kramer where Ted Kramer comes home only to find the wife packing to go find herself, Francesca discovered rendezvous life in the four days she spent with Robert Kincaid.

Directed by Clint Eastwood, both movies depict a situation of love gone sour in families. Ted Kramer finds himself torn between work and his only child whom he has been left with. The resentment of the son of the father because of frequent neglect is clearly the whole episode in Kramer vs. Kramer.

Likewise, discovering the randy behavior of a mother can be disheartening to two grown up adults, whose only discovery is fueled by their mother’s wish at death to be cremated. In the series of photos and letters, the reason for Francesca’s wish to have her ashes thrown over the bridges of Madison County comes to life.

In Kramer vs. Kramer, Meryl Streep shows us Joanna as the wife of Kramer who decides to leave on her own, in spite of the bad advice she got from the neighbor. Her action leads to Ted Kramer getting sacked from work and is miserable. The involvement of sadist friend Margaret, a single parent neighbor is apparent as is the one who later marries Ted Kramer.

Joanna wins the custody for Bill, their son when she files for custody after 15 months. It is only in death that Margret and Ted could find their happiness. In spite of all these, the admirations between couples remain as the movie ends where Joanna comes to see Bill and leaves on the elevator.

Carolyn and Michael could not have found something better from their mother’s numerous photos than her advice to seek happiness. The discovery of self-worth in marriages with problems, as they also had problems, just like their parents made them to reevaluate and give their mother her wish, scatter her ashes at The Bridges of Madison County.

Intrigues in the movies

In Kramer vs. Kramer, the couple divorce while the bridges of Madison County presents love at first sight separation between Robert and Francesca, who were never married in the first place. The profound loneliness felt by Kramer and the tow characters in the Madison county movie is clear.

Meryl Streep clearly portrays the need to have harmony in marriage and how some couples stay in marriages for the sake of the children. Divorce, separation, and issues of marriage breakups are common in the American life, the setting of the two romantic movies.

The fact that the settings are fiction is a humorous break that allows people to understand that in spite of the marriage being between the couple, children can bear the brunt in any case something happens. Madison County is a warning, not all advice is genuine- watch it.


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