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NO FULL TEXT AVAILABLE. Access is restricted indefinitely. ----- Intrepid traveller Great-Aunt Isadora, aged one hundred and one, is found dead on a mountain track by a yak- herder in the Himalayas. Renown for her age defying looks and spectacular health, Isadora's death comes as terrible shock to her beloved nephew Joe Palucci and his family. Joe, a heavy-smoking, overweight, overworked policeman takes it hard and even harder when Isadora's will stipulates he must spend a month on a health farm and get into shape. Resistant, from the onset, Joe is forced to stay at Madame Lilly's health retreat 'Lillypond' to prevent obnoxious Cousin Owen from collecting his inheritance. Joe's wife Lola and his children, Sam, Sandra and Little Joe plus Dino, the dachshund, all pitch in to help outwit Owen and his pretentious wife Sylvia. Joe finds the therapies and practises at Lillypond intolerable, not to mention the guests. Spending more time in the gym, Joe's physical appearance undergoes change and he begins an emotional journey of selfrealization that draws him closer to his family. Lillypond is a marriage of reality and farce. Both elements snake through the story and are a reflection of each other. Lillypond's key theme is 'transformation'. In its more serious moments, 'transformation' is represented by reality and in its less serious, by farce. The storyline and characters slowly unfurl between the two underlying contradictions evolving into a romp that examines some of the fundamental issues of aging, obesity, anorexia and death. On a deeper level, universal motifs of life and death link up with the mysterious, the 'other world', the supernatural and the journey of reincarnation. The essay, which accompanies the script, concerns itself with the writer's research into the world of health and image-makers. It examines the unexpected parallels to her own 'health farm of the imagination' and the characters who inhabit it. The real and the imagined are discussed in the light of the major themes surrounding transformation in Lillypond.
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