Shirley Valentine

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Shirley Valentine is a play by Willy Russell, adapted into a movie starring Pauline Collins.

The play was a one-woman show, entirely narrated by the title character.

Shirley Valentine is an ordinary housewife in northern England. Now married and with adult children she realises that her life has become one of routine, thanks largely to the expectations placed on her by her family. She resolves to break with the monotony by fulfilling a dream of flying to Greece for a vacation. Leaving her husband a note to explain where she has gone, and a large number of frozen meals, she takes off.

In Greece she has a holiday romance with a local restaurant owner, and feels freedom. She stays on in Greece after the end of the vacation, not for him (he has already moved on to a new romance) but for the life. She finds her home cooking skills in demand by the British tourists.

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