After becoming “a mom” to her lover’s kids, Mary starts to experience the stress of trying to balance a working life and a home life. She begins to have a crisis of beauty, examining herself in the mirror much the same way Ruth did earlier in the film. In this moment you see the true power of the beauty myth; an “ugly” woman feels she is nothing, but so does a “beautiful” women. Both women are trapped by the power society has put on beauty; if you aren’t beautiful, you are worthless as a woman.
This movie has been LIFE GIVING to me since I was a kid.