Yesterday I watched "Pride and Prejudice", based on the wonderful novel by Jane Austen. The movie is from 2005, so many of you might have seen it, but for me it was the first time. I watched it together with Mom and Grandma, and the three of us had a blast – especially Grandma.
… So, what did I especially like about the movie?
* The costumes, of course! I'm such a girly girl. I simply love what they used to wear back then. Not all of the dresses were what I'd regard as modest, but they were definitely much better than what we see these days. And they were all so feminine.
* There was not even one kiss, yet this is such a romantic story. Nothing like the revolting sex scenes that are usually forced on us.
* I loved seeing the family interactions: how the father is portrayed as a kind and wise authority figure; how both parents are involved in the daughters' lives; how the Bennett sisters whisper to each other in the darkness of their bedroom. Sure, they are far from being a perfect family, but the closeness – this is something that is missed by so many families today. When the daughters are finally given away by their father, this is not an expression of 'oppressive patriarchy', but of love and protection.
I also love the character of Elizabeth – so strong, wholesome and loving. She is very gentle and feminine, yet she is not a weakling and she's perfectly capable of defending herself and doing what she thinks is right.
Women of that time had many different talents, which they practiced right there, in their own home, making it a lovely place. Charlotte, Elizabeth's friend, might not have married the man of her dreams, but she still says what a joy it is to finally run her own household; not a mind-numbing burden but something she has looked forward to during many years.
I'm not saying we should go back to the 'good old days'. But there is so much we could enrich our lives with – beautiful femininity and modesty; purity as a norm in relationships between men and women; a more peaceful, quiet life, with much less rushing around and still enough time to get everything done, with stronger family ties and friendships. All of these are timeless treasures we should cherish and preserve.
* Picture: Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennett