Rarely do we come across a movie like The Holiday that can be watched over and over all year round and feels as comforting as a bowl of Maggi at 2 am.
Directed by Nancy Meyers, this beautiful film stars Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Jack Black, and Eli Wallach and it’s one of the very few films that promote self-care and putting yourself first. How, you ask? Iris (Kate Winslet) and Amanda (Cameron Diaz) want to get away from their current lives and go someplace where they can breathe, cry, emote freely, drink wine straight from the bottle, and inhale junk food without being judged and pitied, so they decide to swap houses for two weeks. If that’s not putting yourself first, then I don’t know what is!
Following the house-swap, Amanda finds it hard to unwind in Surrey, London, and decides to head back the next morning, until she bumps into Graham, Iris’ brother, book editor, and single dad. Meanwhile, Iris is having the time of her life while exploring Amanda’s mansion in LA and befriending Amanda’s next-door neighbor, a legendary screenwriter, Arthur Abbott (the late Eli Wallach). Iris and Arthur spend a lot of time together by going on dinner dates and chatting about their lives. We also meet film composer and ever so awkward, Miles (Jack Black) who Iris grows very fond of, once she allows herself to get over Jasper (Rufus Sewell).
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This movie weaves multiple stories together by providing each character with a backstory including a next-door neighbor, Arthur Abbott, who isn’t even the main protagonist. We love watching single dad, Graham who is fully in touch with his feelings. Iris’ platonic yet lovely relationship with Arthur is what makes this movie so warm. The two of them help each other heal simply by spending time together. Arthur also leaves us with so much to think about like when he tells Iris, “You’re the leading lady of your own life!” It hits too close to home!
I love the idyllic setting and the stark differences between both houses. Each of these characters brings so many emotions to the surface and watching their journey simply leaves you rooting for them! The Holiday also loves talking about films, and the filmmaking process back in the day via Arthur Abbott’s story, and that detail doesn’t feel redundant, regardless of how many times you’ve watched this! Everything about this movie screams ‘watch me’.
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