USA | 1991 | 130 min | PG
FRIED GREEN TOMATOES is as much a film about the Southern United States as it is a film about feeling outside of what is considered normal, and alienated from the life you have created for yourself. And yet, it is also a film about defiance, rebellion, courage, and thumbing your nose at societal norms.
Director: Jon Avnet
Cast: Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary Stuart Masterson
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FRIED GREEN TOMATOES follows two narratives that manage to connect with one another. On the one hand, the viewer is introduced to Evelyn (Kathy Bates)—a depressed house-wife, who meets an elderly woman named Ninny in a nursing home, and finds inner strength through Ninny’s stories about a secret love affair between two women, and the racial challenges present in 1920s Alabama.
On the other hand, the viewer is transported into Ninny’s stories, and witnesses the two women (Idgie and Ruth, played by Mary Stuart Masterson and Mary-Louise Parker) fall in love with one another, and overcome a great deal of odds to eventually open The Whistle Stop Café.
Fried green tomatoes are not only made in the movie at some point to become a signature dish of The Whistle Stop Café, but become symbolic of the struggles faced in the Southern United States in both the 1920’s and the 1980’s—struggles of discrimination and inequality; ie, struggles that the main characters fight to overcome. – CORA JAMES
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