Shirley Valentine (1989)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB

United Kingdom/USA, 1989.  .  Screenplay by , based on his play.  Cinematography by .  Produced by Lewis Gilbert.  Music by Willy Russell.  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Shirley Valentine (Pauline Collins) is a bored British housewife whose husband has the excitement level of an evening breeze. Instead of waiting for him to recognize the adventurer in her, she goes ahead and plans her own trip to Greece, where she hopes to find a new lease on life. “I’m going to Greece for the sex: sex for breakfast, sex for dinner, sex for tea and sex for supper…It’s called the F plan!” What she finds is the majestic beauty of the Greek islands and the friendship of a very zesty local dweller (Tom Conti). Based on the play, which was originally a one-woman monologue, the story has been opened up to include other actors without sacrificing the personal nature of the experience. Collins is witty and wise, beautifully fleshing out the character as a humorous and vulnerable woman, and the story is very enjoyable.

Academy Award Nominations:  Best Actress (Pauline Collins); Best Original Song (“The Girl Who Used To Be Me”)

Golden Globe Award Nominations:  Best Picture-Musical/Comedy; Best Actress-Musical/Comedy (Pauline Collins); Best Original Song (“The Girl Who Used To Be Me”)

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