In Middle Age, Women Are Reclaiming Their Selfhood

Just like the selkies of mythology, middle aged women are finding their way back to themselves, no matter the cost

Y.L. Wolfe
Liberty

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Scrolling through Prime streaming one evening, I came upon an old favorite movie: a rambling but fun Hitchcockian thriller starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford.

I clicked play and sat down to watch What Lies Beneath with my latest knitting project in hand. I didn’t make much progress, however. I was too entranced by the movie.

Back in the day, the storyteller in me had loved picking out the allusions to Hitchcock movies, taking notice of the efficient (sometimes too efficient) tactics the screenplay uses to relay important information to the audience, and of course, Zemeckis’ genius with a camera.

A quarter century later, however, I found myself enraptured by something else, entirely. I realized I was watching not just a movie, but mythology. What Lies Beneath isn’t just an escapist thriller — it’s the archetypal journey of women waking up in middle age.

Pfeiffer plays Claire Spencer, a woman in her early forties, the picture of the perfect housewife. She lives in a perfect, sprawling lakeside home, has the perfect husband, the perfect dog, and a perfect…

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Y.L. Wolfe
Liberty

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