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The Bridges of Madison County

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Original title
The Bridges of Madison County
Running time
135 min.
United States United States
Richard LaGravenese (Novel: Robert James Waller)
Lennie Niehaus
Jack N. Green
Warner Bros., Amblin Entertainment, Malpaso Productions
Romance. Drama | Romantic Drama. Small Town Life (North-american). Melodrama. Photography
Synopsis / Plot
The path of Francesca Johnson's future seems destined when an unexpected fork in the road causes her to question everything she had come to expect from life. While her husband and children are away at the Illinois state fair in the summer of 1965, Robert Kincaid happens turn into the Johnson farm and asks Francesca for directions to Roseman Bridge. Francesca later learns that he was in Iowa on assignment from National Geographic magazine. She is reluctant seeing that he's a complete stranger and then she agrees to show him to the bridges and gradually she talks about her life from being a war-bride from Italy which sets the pace for this bittersweet and all-too-brief romance of her life. Through the pain of separation from her secret love and the stark isolation she feels as the details of her life consume her, she writes her thoughts of the four-day love affair which took up three journals. The journals are found by her children after the lawyer was going over Francesca's will and ...
1995: Nominated for Oscar: Best Actress (Meryl Streep)
1995: 2 Nominations for Golden Globe: Movie Drama, Actress Drama (Meryl Streep)
1995: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Actress (Meryl Streep)
1995: César Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Language Picture
1995: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Nominated for Best Actress (Meryl Streep)
1995: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Nominated for Best Director & Actress (Streep)
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