Eastwood meets his characters on purely human terms, from Francesca's restlessness to the final, ambivalent lessons of emotional compromise and settling. In between, a relationship starts and stops in four days, but it still has time to grow subtly from innocent displays of ingratiation to a passion that explodes in the couple's dissolution. This is Eastwood at his best.
I found some of the scenes with the children to be unnecessary but what a great movie otherwise. Meryl Streep is simply outstanding in this, she was the perfect choice for the role of Francesca. The truck scene at the crosslights is one of the most touching moments of cinema I've ever watched. I cried.
"This kind of certainty comes but once in a lifetime". That's a simple line but it keep flying around in my mind. It's a wonderful love story. I felt that few parts moved very slow and overlong. IMO, that's what the filmmaker wants for us to feel how "mellow" Francesca's daily routine is until Robert came along and everything has changed. I keep sayin' "Subhanallah" while watching movie...
I was too young when I saw for the first time "The Bridges of Madison County", I didn't fully understand the character of Francesca. Now, I'm 35, I realized how much this relation meant to them. Painful and beautiful.