I read the book while I was still M. And then when all the Inf / D / S shit hit the fan I re-read it. And I just saw the movie tonight with my mom.
I like the book and the movie. I'm not a big Julia fan but she was fine in this role.
I enjoyed watching a movie about a woman going on her own adventure, taking a break to allow her brain room after being in relationship after realtionship. And I related so much to all the pain and difficulty there is in actually having time and space to be with yourself when you are at the nadir of your life.
sure she was self absorbed because she was healing and it was a memoir type book. she also contributed to communal life in the ashram by scrubbing floors, and she helped buy a house for the Balinese healer. So while she was working on her stuff she also did caring things for others.
I never got the sense that she was a WS either from book or movie. She did bail on her marriage.
I liked the way the movie tried to depict the process of forgiving yourself and letting go of others in the past you loved but can't be with.
I liked how she identified the core truth as 'God dwells within you as you' which tied her initial conversation with God as if he is someone out there to - as she progresses - the real sense that the kingdom of God is within.
So few movies handle these type of themes that I found it refreshing. And I related to her story so much even tho I haven't traveled physically as I healed like she did.