Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood : Story

"I don't think there's ever going to be an end to stories about the mother-daughter conflict," says Callie Khouri, who wrote the screenplay and makes her directorial debut with Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. "It's a universal theme. To see things in their proper perspective, it's important that Sidda first understand who her mother is, as an individual and a woman, rather than just a parent."

The Ya-Yas take extreme measures in bringing the feuding women together because they know that's what it takes. They've had 50 years of experience dealing with Vivi's moods, dramatic excess and outrageous behavior. Plus, they know that as difficult as she can be, Vivi is also a gentle soul, loving and caring and easily hurt. It seems to them that it's high time Sidda learned this about her mother as well. It's just not so easy to make that point while Vivi is smashing the telephone and threatening to disown her ungrateful daughter.

But they vow to give it their best shot.

More than a story about mothers and daughters," says producer Bonnie Bruckheimer, "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood honors the special people in our lives who help us discover who we are."