Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)

Directed by Callie Khouri

Starring Ellen Burstyn, Sandra Bullock, Maggie Smith, Ashley Judd, James Garner

I know this is an old movie, but I put it on my blue ray player just to see one scene and I ended up seeing the whole movie. I know that some people might think is a corny little film, but I have always had a soft spot for this kind of movies, in fact I might just open and confess all the films like this one that I secretly love in future blog entries, but tonight I want to focus on this film. 

The film starts as 4 friends make a pact and for a divine sisterhood called the Ya-Ya’s. then we go to the present day where Sidda is giving an interview where she reveals elements of her childhood that angers her mother and a war between them starts. The Ya-Ya’s intervene to try to save the relationship of her friend Vivi and her daughter. They fly to where Sidda lives and after drugging her they take her to their house where they begin to reveal everything about her mother’s past in hope that she will understand her better and heal all the wounds she has. Vivi was a wild spirit and we see moments in her life that bring Sidda to a better understanding of who her mother was. 

I remember I don’t know exactly why I went one day to the movie theater and ended seeing this film, and I ended up loving it. I just find the story to be touching and both as a father and a son, I could relate to the fact that we are affected by our parents, who after all are human beings doing their best, and how as I father I could shape who my daughter will be. I love how the story takes the main character and the audience to the life of this woman so we all could meet her. It is funny, moving and a very touching film. For Sidda is the chance to change and forgive while she is still young and for Vivi is a chance to redeem herself not only with her kids but with her husband as well. The one flaw I can say about the movie is that her brothers are nowhere to be seen not even at the birthday party at the end. 

The performances are so great in this film. I will start with Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn, she is a great actress, I think this was the first of her films that I saw, later I saw Requiem for a Dream, a role that she deserved the Oscar, she was amazing. In this movie, she plays Vivi, a vibrant woman, filled with spirit and hard to love but at the same time just easy to love. She is played by three different actresses at different ages, as a child, she is played by Caitlin Wachs, and by Ashley Judd. Ashley Judd was really good in the role, her character was described as someone who just lights up the room, and she did just that, she shined on every scene and was wonderful. Sandra Bullock as Siddalee, Vivi’s oldest daughter, she is taken by the Ya-Ya’s to reveal her mother’s secrets in the hope that she can heal her old wounds and reconcile with her mother. The four actresses that played Vivi’s friends were really good, they were funny and moving in the scenes that required it. James Garner was also great in the film as Shep, Vivi’s husband and Sidda’s father. 

Then at the end of the film we get to listen to a very beautiful song by Bod Dylan written for the film called Waiting for you.


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