Sarah Jessica: As I've been saying lately, there was a wedding, and now there has to be a marriage. The two are very different, and I think where Carrie finds herself at the top of the movie is starting, as she typically does, to ask questions about the environment in which she currently lives. Those questions and the big theme of the movie for all of us in our own way ... is tradition. And why do we run toward it? Why do we push it away, and why, when we so willingly want to commit to conventions like the institutions of marriage, do we find ourselves squirming and asking questions? And how do we redefine tradition for ourselves, and how do our friends around us redefine tradition? Do they want to? And what better place to ask these questions than in the Middle East. ... I think women of a certain generation aren't even conscious of the fact that we are asking ourselves, I mean, we are in the process of redefining our roles all the time. It's the great gift that our mothers gave us—this opportunity to rethink the roles that we take on in very conventional institutions.

Kim: Menopause, menopause...and I didn't need to do any research. I don't need to say anymore.

Kristin: Charlotte's always been very traditional, and she has very, very, very high expectations of herself in those traditions. Oftentimes, she doesn't live up to them, and possibly, the things she's trying to control in life are not really things you can control, so she's faced with, yet again, her own lack of the perfect picture that she's trying to create. [She's] even having trouble being honest with herself about the stress involved, and I think, one of my favorite things about what we did in this movie is that her friend, Miranda, can see through her facade. She knows she needs to be honest, and that's something that I think is a wonderful thing about friendship. You sometimes can see that your friend actually is not doing herself a service by keeping the facade up—that honesty is what's needed.

That's what's wonderful about going away. ... Sometimes, when you get out of your own normal, day-to-day existence, you get to appreciate it and look at it and analyze it and share about it and have this freedom that we have in the Middle East, which is ironic.


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