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What are some movies about adult women "finding themselves"?
February 12, 2013 12:58 PM   Subscribe

I know of Eat Pray Love, Under the Tuscan Sun, How Stella Got Her Groove Back... any others? Bonus points if they involve travel.
posted by Anonymousness to Media & Arts (49 answers total) 51 users marked this as a favorite
 
Shirley Valentine
posted by Iris Gambol at 12:59 PM on February 12, 2013 [7 favorites]


Oh, and also, does this genre of movie have a name?
posted by Anonymousness at 1:00 PM on February 12, 2013


It's an ensemble piece, but the Judi Dench storyline in "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" fits that description.
posted by xingcat at 1:01 PM on February 12, 2013 [2 favorites]


Enchanted April
posted by mochapickle at 1:04 PM on February 12, 2013 [5 favorites]


It's not travel, but Queen to Play is much better than the usual woman on journey of self-discovery flick.
posted by Ideefixe at 1:05 PM on February 12, 2013 [2 favorites]


Oh, and also, does this genre of movie have a name?

Divorce porn.
posted by Tanizaki at 1:08 PM on February 12, 2013 [5 favorites]


And you might say Morvern Callar represents the seedy underbelly of this particular genre.
posted by mochapickle at 1:10 PM on February 12, 2013 [2 favorites]


The Italian movie Bread and Tulips
posted by PussKillian at 1:11 PM on February 12, 2013 [3 favorites]


I came in here to suggest Shirley Valentine and Bread and Tulips.
posted by apricot at 1:14 PM on February 12, 2013


Ruby in Paradise!
posted by marimeko at 1:19 PM on February 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


A couple from the seventies:
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
An Unmarried Woman
posted by octothorpe at 1:20 PM on February 12, 2013 [3 favorites]


Educating Rita, Thelma & Louise
posted by ouke at 1:20 PM on February 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


The Nun's Story with Audrey Hepburn. Turner Classic shows it sometimes - in fact it's either aired already this month or is due to air very soon.

Quite a few years ahead of its time in some ways.
posted by Currer Belfry at 1:21 PM on February 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


Possibly Working Girl?
posted by mark7570 at 1:23 PM on February 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


PS I Love You kinda does this.
posted by zizzle at 1:26 PM on February 12, 2013


Oh, and also, does this genre of movie have a name?

Divorce porn.


Perhaps one of the originators of the genre, The Divorcee. It starred Norma Shearer and was released in 1930.
posted by fuse theorem at 1:28 PM on February 12, 2013


Private Benjamin, actually.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 1:37 PM on February 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


Woman on Top (one of my all-time faves), Like Water for Chocolate, The Hours (oh god, The Hours), Orlando, Last Holiday...

I'll keep thinking...
posted by custardfairy at 1:38 PM on February 12, 2013


Better than Chocolate (the mom's storyline, LGBT) is another. Sliding Doors. Love, Actually. Sunshine Cleaning. Muriel's Wedding. Living Out Loud, Hope Floats, Practical Magic
posted by custardfairy at 1:42 PM on February 12, 2013 [2 favorites]


Shortbus?
posted by Strass at 1:52 PM on February 12, 2013


Young Adult sort of fits this description, but not in a happy way.
posted by bewilderbeast at 2:01 PM on February 12, 2013


I Am Love
posted by EmilyFlew at 2:10 PM on February 12, 2013


Waitress

The Witches of Eastwick

Being John Malkovich

Away We Go

Annie Hall

(I don't know if a movie about just one woman finding herself counts, since you referred to "movies" about "women" finding themselves. I don't know if the plural has to apply within each movie. If so, then remove Annie Hall from the list.)
posted by John Cohen at 2:15 PM on February 12, 2013


Muriel's Wedding

(kind of a down-and-dirty version of "finding yourself" but I love that movie)
posted by Katine at 2:17 PM on February 12, 2013 [2 favorites]


Bagdad Cafe
posted by cali59 at 2:17 PM on February 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
posted by Serene Empress Dork at 2:20 PM on February 12, 2013


Going In Circles - divorce porn with bonus roller derby stories!
posted by restless_nomad at 2:25 PM on February 12, 2013


My Big Fat Greek Wedding
posted by Serene Empress Dork at 2:27 PM on February 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


In a weird way, The Painted Veil does this.
posted by BibiRose at 2:33 PM on February 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


What about Alice by Woody Allen?
posted by bquarters at 2:33 PM on February 12, 2013


A Room With a View.
posted by BibiRose at 2:41 PM on February 12, 2013 [2 favorites]


Roman Holiday, sorta.
posted by The corpse in the library at 2:43 PM on February 12, 2013


Fried Green Tomatoes
posted by bunderful at 2:55 PM on February 12, 2013 [2 favorites]


Rachel, Rachel
posted by brujita at 2:57 PM on February 12, 2013


Todo Sobre mi Madre
posted by hannahelastic at 3:00 PM on February 12, 2013


Cleo from 5 to 7
posted by perhapses at 3:43 PM on February 12, 2013


The Contender - with the wonderful Joan Allen

The Spitfire Grill

Miss Congeniality

Whip It, starring Ellen Page

Punchline. A bad movie, but the Sally Field's character's transformation is a good story.

It's Complicated. Terrible, but it fits the theme.
posted by valannc at 4:26 PM on February 12, 2013


Shopgirl
Persuasion
Coco Before Chanel
Persepolis
posted by theBigRedKittyPurrs at 4:39 PM on February 12, 2013


Volver
Heaven
posted by elle.jeezy at 5:23 PM on February 12, 2013


The Tango Lesson
La Lectrice
84 Charing Cross Road
Does Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs count?
posted by Multicellular Exothermic at 6:14 PM on February 12, 2013


It's not divorce porn, but Truly, Madly, Deeply (bonus: includes Alan Rickman).
posted by Lexica at 7:45 PM on February 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


What about Happy Go Lucky?
posted by toomuchkatherine at 8:12 PM on February 12, 2013


Now, Voyager is probably classic Hollywood's greatest treatment of this trope, and the fact that the story is a good deal more complicated than a simple linear "finding herself" makes it all the greater.
posted by La Cieca at 11:11 PM on February 12, 2013


Calendar Girls might fit this theme as well.
posted by rawrberry at 4:03 AM on February 13, 2013


Kramer versus Kramer
posted by mermily at 8:01 AM on February 13, 2013


Salmonberries, staring kd lang and directed by Percy Adlon. Involves travel between Alaska and Germany.
posted by salishsea at 10:37 AM on February 13, 2013


In Her Shoes (the Cameron Diaz character).
posted by yawper at 11:36 AM on February 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


Funny, Ha-hah.
Me, You, and Everyone We Know...
Lost in Translation (minus Bill Murray parts).
Mulholland Drive...
posted by stratastar at 2:44 PM on February 13, 2013


La vraie nature de Bernadette (Urban woman "goes back to the land").
posted by Monday, stony Monday at 4:19 PM on February 13, 2013


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