These are films that bring comfort to me in some way and some of these may not be ‘life affirming’ to YOU but it is to me. These are in random order by the way.
I realize some of these are painfully obvious like Ikiru, Amelie, American Beauty, Up, The Diving Bell And The Butterfly etc so hopefully the other picks aren’t as much.
I also realize that some of my choices may be puzzling like ‘In America’ which has it’s depressing moments for sure but I found it very uplifting as well. ‘Mary And Max’ could very well be considered a depressing animated film and for some of it well….it is. However I found the film to be uplifting even if its a little bittersweet. ‘The Messenger’ has heavy depressing subject matter and probably looks out of place on this list but I disagree. Sure the material is about the death of loved ones but it’s also about comfort during hard times and living while your alive (i.e. the end of the film).
‘Magnolia’ is a film about broken people and I think the ending says it all. Sure there are some less than uplifting things about it but as a whole it’s comforting to me.
I think 49 Up is a perfect fit for this list and The Up Series in general. It’s about normal people growing up with all the joy and happiness that comes with it as well as the hard things-death of your parents, growing older etc. Even though the participants are british their stories are universal.
‘The Royal Tenenbaums’ may also raise some eyebrows but it’s at the end of the day family coming together. ‘Once’ may also be questionable but like ‘Mary And Max’ I think it’s a bittersweet film.
‘Nobody Knows’ is an odd choice for sure. Very depressing but also uplifting in a strange way….at least for me it was.
Did I really just add ‘Home Alone’ and ‘Jurassic Park’ to this list? Yes I did…..Sure nostalgia is a huge factor but its my list and my opinion. Get over it!
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