A beautiful movie with carefully interwoven emotions which won’t be really visible if you watch it as any other normal visual saga.
The movie is based upon the life of a lady (Jenna) who works as a waitress at a local pie-baking restaurant. She is portrayed a very calm person, who has wonderful attitude towards life, always ready to help her friends and most importantly, passionate towards her job – making pies. She has a very dominating husband (Earl), and somehow she is drifting through her married life without any really interest or pleasure. At work, she has two fellow waitresses (Becky & Dawn) and a special customer, an old man (the old Joe), to whom no one else is ready to serve, except her. Apart from these characters, there is an obstetrician (Dr Pomatter) around whom the whole story revolves. The movie is an elegant picturisation of the various turns Jenna’s life takes. For each situation in her life, she is shown baking an imaginary pie, and giving them unusual names. For e.g. – I Hate My Husband Pie… You take bittersweet chocolate and don’t sweeten it. You make it into a pudding and drown it in caramel. Also, time to time she writes a letter to her unborn baby, discussing all that is going on in her mind. These two means used by the director to unveil Jenna’s emotions and thoughts, give a special touch to the movie. She struggles through her work, a parallel affair with the doctor & an un-accommodating husband, to finally find her blessed with a beautiful daughter, when she decided to break free from all shackles and start afresh.
The movie is a beautiful portrayal of womanhood, true friendship & the vulnerability of an emotionally shattered soul. The soundtrack is fabulous, particularly the pie-song, which she sings to her baby.
Baby don’t you cry, gonna make a pie, gonna make a pie with a heart in the middle. Baby don’t be blue, gonna make for you, gonna make a pie with a heart in the middle. Gonna make a pie from heaven above, gonna be filled with strawberry love. Baby don’t you cry, gonna make a pie, and hold you forever in the middle of my heart. (I am still searching for this OST)
Hear the complete song here
Some memorable dialogues from the movie:-
Becky: If you haven’t noticed, my right boob is way up here in Maine and my left boob is danglin’ down here in Florida.
Old Joe: Are you with child?
Old Joe: I saw that look on a woman’s face before. Her name was Annette. I made sweet sweet love to her all through the summer of 1948, and she had that look on her face all through the fall. ++++++++++
Jenna: Dear Baby, I hope someday somebody wants to hold you for 20 minutes straight and that’s all they do. They don’t pull away. They don’t look at your face. They don’t try to kiss you. All they do is wrap you up in their arms without an ounce of selfishness in it.
My Rating: $$$$
Director: Adrienne Shelly
Keri Russel – Jenna
Nathan Fillion – Dr Pomatter
Jeremy Sisto – Earl