I’ve heard her called a quitter for leaving and aimless wanderer. But not all who wander are aimless, especially those who seek truth beyond tradition, beyond definition, beyond the image. I’ll never forget you.
“Mona Lisa Smile” is an American drama movie that came out in 2003 and is set in 1953.
The movie tells the story of a free-thinking art professor, Katherine Watson, that moves from California to Wellesley to teach Art History in a conservative women’s private liberal arts college, because she wants to make a difference and influence the next generation of women.
To be honest in the first half of the movie, I was not quite convinced about the greatness of the movie, but still found it interesting to get a glimpse of the life of women in the 1950s. In the second half I realised the “normalities” of the ‘5os, the expected standards and Katherine’s remarkable attempts to change them. Although I learned in school about it, that at that time women had to focus on getting married and raising a family, the normality for me is to go to university after college, so it took me a while to realise and eventually put myself into their shoes. The movie was incredible, because even though only 60 years have passed, the women role has changed and improved so much over the years, that it is hard for us today to comprehend their situation. This movie had some similarities to the movie “Dead Poets Society”(one of my 10 rated movies), in which both leading roles, teachers, make an attempt on helping their pupils think for themselves, create the future they want and not follow others expectations. “Mona Lisa Smile’s” got a 9 for the performance, since I was not entirely contempt with the performance of the recurring actors.
Personal Rating: 9/10
Director: Mike Newell
Writers: Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal
Stars:Julia Roberts: Katherine Ann Watson
Kirsten Dunst: Betty Warren
Julia Stiles: Joan Brandwyn
Length: 117 min
IMDB Score 6,4