If These Walls Could Talk
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IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK is a powerful, intimate portrait of how times and freedoms have changed, It will shock you. It will surprise you. And no matter where you stand on the issue, it will force you to think again. A recently widowed nurse (Demi Moore) struggling to take control of her life in the early 50's. A mother of four (Sissy Spacek) overwhelmed by trying to raise a family and maintain a career in the 70's. A young student (Anne Heche) making a decision with the help of one woman (Cher) that will change the course of both their lives in the 90's. These women living in the same house at different times, share one thing in common-The decision they must come to on how to deal with an unplanned pregnancy.]]>
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Graphically showing how government decisions impact private citizens, this film places women back into the center of this social issue. The audience is constantly reminded each of the women in the vignettes is a three-dimensional person with dreams and aspirations; only a callous person would believe women undertake abortions for fun.
I have previously seen many horror movies, but nothing prepared me for grim "1952". Discovering she is pregnant, nurse Claire Donnelly tried to obtain a safe illegal abortion. Repeatedly suggesting death/mourning (ironically in a supposedly 'pro-life' era) Claire's world is intentionally drab and the frequently drawn curtains also convey secrecy and shame. The white nightgown worn on the night of her septic abortion made her already pale complexion even more ghostly. Watching this segment is still very hard, and sensitive viewers should not eat during this segment.
Demonstrating a clear difference between pro-choice and pro-abortion personal belief systems, "1974" is the most complex segment. Non-traditional college student Barbara Barrows wants to have it all, but is not initially sure she wants another child or a newly legalized abortion procedure. Barrows is trying to be open minded about her gender's new possibilities (she uses her class to explore women's issues and reads Our Bodies Our Selves) but she is also wrestling with her cultural and generational conscience which saw abortion as taboo.Read more ›
The setting of all three segments is in a single house. This masterful production/directorial technique seems to be symbolic for an issue which has always been controversial to many. As the house becomes more and more dilapidated over each segment, we also see that the right to abortion is becoming a compoundingly fragile right that could be taken away at any time. Instead of gaining strength over time, the volatile issue is subject to the demands of the political party in command.
The dynamics of the eras are reflected so realistically in each segment, that a viewer cannot help but to be actively drawn into the drama. The segments feature all-star casts including such heavy hitters as Demi Moore, Sissy Spacek, Cher, Anne Heche, and Jada Pinkett. Cher deserves special attention for both directing and acting in the excellent third segment.
Rather than pro-choice, I think the video challenges us to think, "What if there were no choice?" This is recommended viewing for women and men alike, and this movie will stay in your thoughts for a long time to come.
The first segment, set in the 50s spoke to me the most. You could feel Demi's pain. I wanted to just strangle her sister. As I said before, the 70s segment was acted well, but lacked a moving story for me. I just didnt feel for Sissy's character like the other two. The last segment, set in the 90s, ws my favorite. Maybe it was because it is more relevent to me, since it's when I grew up. The end was really an unexpected turn, and superbly acted by Matthew Lillard. He reeked of ignorance and to what me seemed like insanity. Props to Cher (flashback to clueless with that...) for directing that scene as well as acting in it. It was wonderful. That last shot form above was amazing...
Overalll, a good movie. I agree with an earlier reviewer in the fact that it should be shown in a health class to show girls about the options they have now, and educate them.
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Movie was in ok good condition did play, shipping was fast though thats a plusPublished 2 months ago by deanna simonton
For a male watching this movie, it was especially illuminating. I've always felt great compassion for women faced with this extremely difficult discision. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mark Ulrich
Tackles the issue of abortion through the eyes of various historical periods. Each of the three is tastefully done and therefore packs a strong punch. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jazzy 64
Too controversial for network TV, IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK, for lack of a better description is an Abortion Anthology that aired originally on HBO back in 1996 and hasn’t lost any... Read morePublished 13 months ago by KaseyG