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The Destrucion of the Happy Family Portrait in Hollywood: Kramer vs Kramer


Imagine a family with two or three children; who lives in a big house at the outskirts of the city which has two flats and a big garden. Oh! Of course! I almost forget to add the dog and the car into this marvelous image! The father works, the  mother -probably a blonde one-stays at home and prepare her children for school and takes care if there's any toddler one.  And here it is, we already reached our ideal family which constructed by Hollywood and empossed to us like the 'ideal life' for all this years. But It would be so easy to blame Hollywood on everything and close the case. But the reality hides in somewhere else. I don't say it just to saying something so your interest will be sharpened for the next paragraphs; all we need is to looking at the historical background and find what brought us to this image so far.

 The think which I need to digg up is, how we reached at this point? What is the historical background which hides behind this image? We can easily say that "The American Dream" as a palpable result and that would be so obvious to find out. But the ideal family idea's roots go back to "Baby Boom" epoque which appeared just after the II. World War in war-damaged countries and states. Just after that, the parturition has started to decline, until that moment. It was the time that almost every Western governments started to do propogandas to re-incrise the childbearing to survive. Western governments, just after the brilliant epoch of the socialists and social democrats and the unresistable rising of the center christian democrats which describes the fundamental politics in Western Europe which goes on like this with a litte bit differentiations for decades. Margret Teatcher says that the state is the most important thing, she pauses and adds; so the family. Teacher has changed the history with her contreversial policies and speeches; but she also changed the main aim in the middle class' minds and turned this aims out to "Have a fob,a family and a house and we will take care the rest."

When the audience were surrended by all this kind of consciously-canalized movies, a movie called Kramer vs. Kramer showed up as bringing a totally new point of view on tour lovely and conventional family portrait and rerationalise it.


We see two different side at the very beginnings of the movie. The mother and the man, Ted Kramer. Yeah, I said man but he is the father in our family portrait. But being the father was not one of the things that defines that very busy and succesful businessman, before. Our focus point is the mother, a woman with lots of troubles on her identification. A woman who left working for her family and can not found herself in being mother of a boy and she decides to divorce her husband so that she can find herlsef as being her own.

We get it until now. There's a woman who is struggling with  identity issues and wants to divorce her husband. This is not a new thing. We unconsciouslu expect that she will take her son or daughter and trie to start a new life challenging with financial problems butthey will all be fine and happy. But not, in this case, she says her psychologic situation is not make able to take her litte son with her and she will leave him with his father.

While Meryl Streep, the mother, getting more and more out of our sight at end of the corridor of the appartment, we are making a brand new start to our story with a lefted-man and a 7 year old boy.

Ted Kramer starts to have issues qith his job due to this seperate. Tries to get alone with his kid who blames himself on her mother's leave. But it shortly turns out that a high career and parenting are not easily going at the same time and ahile this two boys start to have the same habitudes step by step, Ted Kramer starts to learn how to be a 'father' and adds a new speciality  to his identity.







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