As is common with my viewing habits, I came across this film entirely by accident surfing the channels. Ah hah! Let's see what this is all about.
The above picture is from Julie & Julia. A young woman's husband challenges herself to cook all of Julia Child's recipes over the period of one year and blogs about it. Interspersed are peeks into both of their lives. I thought Meryl Streep did an outstanding job of looking 6 foot tall and only a little over the top portrayal of Julie Child, not quite a over the as that of SNL. There were two instances during the film that truly deserved two hankies; the first one came along in the early years in Paris, Julia had just received a letter from her recently married sister announcing that she was pregnant. Julia had always wanted children and burst into tears, as her husband comforted her, she sobbed briefly into his chest, patted him dearly and assured him that she was so happy. I wept.
The second instance was near the end of the film, the young blogger couple had gone to visit the display of Julia Child's kitchen that had been donated to the Smithsonian (I could have the wrong museum here..) and they were taking picture and oohing and ahhing. To one site was a portrait of Julie Child and during a close up, Julie looks up at the portrait sneaks a block of butter on the niche beneath and whispers, "I love you, Julia.". I wept.