|By Mira Harber
What do women really want?
This is the main question behind the new (on video) Australian movie Me
Myself I, written and directed by Pip Karmel. A successful, single, career
woman has a birthday and accompanying personal crisis. She has no husband,
family or children. She wonders, "Did I miss the boat?" What if she'd
accepted that marriage proposal from her one true love?
What if ...
A car accident takes place, and suddenly our heroine has changed lives.
She is now a suburban mommy with three kids, a hubby and even the standard
white picket fence. She's living her other life - the path that she turned
down so many years ago. Her one true love, the man that she turned down
all those years ago is now a take-it-all-for-granted husband. She's
getting what she asked for, now can she LIVE her 'what if'?
This movie is a great idea, told in a pretty mundane, unadventurous sort
of way. One thing that you need to understand though is that, Olympics
notwithstanding, Australia is a much more conservative place than America.
I lived there for four years, and it was like life was here in America,
25 years ago. In fact, this movie would have been entirely of-the-moment,
on-the-cutting edge, if it had been made 25 years ago.
Career or family? Husband or lover? Fashion plate or frumpy housewife?
These are the hackneyed choices that are being served up, and there are
no real surprises. Fifteen years ago, Spike Lee first made his mark on
the cinematic world with his film "She's Gotta Have It." It created quite
a stir because it showed one sexually active, happy, well-adjusted adult
woman who had not one but THREE lovers all at the same time. In the end,
she dumps them all, and is perfectly happy having done that.
The best thing about Me Myself I is the spirited Australian actress Rachel
Griffiths (familiar to audiences here in Jackie & Me and Muriel's Wedding).
She's probably Australia's busiest and best actress these days and is poised
on the edge of an international career. I really like her as an actress
- she plays a real, grown-up woman, not one of those girl/women poor audiences
are subjected to these days.
The questions posed by this movie aren't new, and neither is the conclusion.
If you've got a couple of free hours, and want to see a light bit of 'feminine'
entertainment, or if you've never seen Rachel Griffiths, then this movie
would be for you.