I have watched Frankie's favorite movie, and it is, indeed, worthy of multiple viewing. The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio makes me want to be a better mother. Evelyn, played by Julianne Moore, finds hope, laughter, and self gratification in her less than optimal circumstances. My life situation is so much better and I find that I, frequently, complain, lose my temper, and don't look for the positive as much as I should. Watching her swirl through all adversity made me feel a bit inept, though motivated.
Though I have always been fascinated with stereotypical roles for women and men, I have to say that I cringed every time Evelyn had the courage to ask for outside help from establishments (police, church, and bank) and was politely refused. Even so, she was able to do what she could to nurture herself, her husband, and her children.
What a wonderful movie to be able to combine the feel good of a success story and the questioning of an editorial about the plight of women with children. I felt both elated and torn, happy and sad, and motivated and angry. Watch it!