The movie reminds me of those days when I was young. It is about a family with four little women and their mother is on its own; the father has gone off to war.
Through the movie, I gradually get to know them, I sense their personalities and see how they relate to one another.
The most impressive personality in the family was the second daughter Jo, played by Winona Ryder. Jo wanted to be a writer. She often tried to play a role in the bedroom with her sisters. The others included Meg (Trini Alvarado) as the oldest; Amy (Kirsten Dunst) as the youngest, and Beth(Claire Danes), as the one who survived a medical crisis but was not really getting better after all. There was a young neighbor named Laurie (Christian Bale), who was allowed to join their theatricals, and eventually fell in love with Jo. Then there was Laurie’s tutor, the gentlement Mr. Brooke (Eric Stoltz), who gonna get married with Meg, but was dismissed by Jo.
After refusing Laurie’s proposal , Jo moved to New York and started to write novels. Then she met an European professor - Friedrich Bhaer (Gabriel Byrne), who took her seriously enough to criticize her work.
He knew she could do better . “I’m hopelessly flawed,” Jo sighs. She gave up writing and decided to come back home.
Waiting until late in the film, Friedrich found the way to her house and brought her own printed novel. Jo was very happy. Anyway, he gonna leave after that but she didnt want to let him go. She told Friedrich to stay and start the future with her in this house.
This is such a good movie that I watched with great attention. After all, I recognize how women in that period of time were trying to keep their hopes, their beliefs, their dreams and, mostly, their marriage destinies.
There is such a remarkable saying that their mother tells them: “If you feel your value lies only in being merely decorative, I fear that someday you might find yourself believing that’s all you really are. Time erodes all such beauty, but what it cannot diminish is the wonderful workings of your mind.”
Franklin. Feb 16, 2017