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Shirley Valentine -- Greece movie recommendation

Deanna Keahey  ·  Mar 29, 2008  ·  4 Comments

Greece - coastal path on HydraI finally watched Shirley Valentine, the movie that's been sitting on top of the TV for months. I got it because I'm watching movies about the places we travel. I was surprised to be quite captivated by it.

It’s a 1989 movie about a British woman who's resigned to (and sick of) her routine, loveless existence. Quite by chance she gets an opportunity to spend a fortnight in Greece. While there, she discovers both a new love for life, and the self she thought she'd lost forever.

It's definitely a chick flick, though I bet most of us over the age of 30 have had many of the same thoughts & feelings. One of my favorite parts is where she muses

I've allowed myself to lead this little life, while inside me there was so much more. And it's all gone unused. ... Why do we get all this life, if we don't ever use it? Why do we get all these feelings, and dreams, and hope, if we don't ever use them? That's where Shirley Valentine went. She got lost in all this unused life."

Recommended for (mostly women, but hey, a lot of us feel the same):

Anybody who's wondering what happened to the life they dreamed of
Anybody who's wondered what happened to the person they used to be
Anybody thinking of visiting the Greek Islands

We're doing our next women's trip to the Greek Islands in June. While your trip is unlikely to be the same as Shirley's, I know from experience that it can be a rejuvenating, life-affirming adventure. Even if you're not going to Greece, the movie is still recommended.

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  • 4 Greece: Mykonos island mazelike streets // Jun 26, 2008 at 5:48 am

    [...] It’s so gorgeous in the islands — it gives me fantasies of moving here, just like Shirley Valentine. Related posts:Shirley Valentine — Greece movie recommendationFriday photo: Greek Islands, [...]

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