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A list of Spiritual Movies….With thanks to Geoff Taggart who started this list!
A River Runs Through It (1992) directed by Robert Redford. A true story about two boys, Norman and Paul, growing up in Montana. One is rebellious of his father, Rev. Maclean, while the other has his feet on the ground. The one love they both have is fly fishing.
Babette's Feast (1987) directed by Gabriel Axel. A Danish film about a small, extremely ascetic in the 19th century who take in a French refugee as a cook. What they don't know is that, in a former life, she was highly talented chef. When she unexpectedly wins the lottery, rather than return to France, she chooses to spend the money on one extremely lavish meal to thank the entire community for saving her life. It is an outpouring of appreciation which transforms the lives of the little pleasure-denying community.
Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010) Werner Herzog's documentary about the discovery of a neolithic cave in southern France, which had been sealed up for 1000s of years and the evidence of early religious belief found there. His film captures the oldest known pictorial creations of humankind in their astonishing natural setting.
Contact (1997) directed by Robert Zemeckis. Based on the Carl Sagan novel of the same name, Jodie Foster is an astronomer and convinced humanist who volunteers to be the first human being to make contact with a superior alien species. But the awe she encounters leads her to say 'they should have chosen a poet'...
Cinema Paradiso (1988) directed by Guiseppe Tornatore. A very uplifting and heart-warming tale about the enduring power of love and the ability of cinema to foster this. A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village's theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater's projectionist.
Cloud Atlas (2012) directed by Tom Twyker, with its clear theme of reincarnation, is an exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.
Ghandhi (1983) directed by Richard Attenborough. Biography of Mohandas Gandhi, the lawyer who became the famed leader of the Indian revolts against the British rule through his philosophy of nonviolent protest.
Fearless (1993) directed by Peter Weir. While taking a business trip, architect Max Klein (Jeff Bridges) survives a plane crash. As the plane descends, Max inexplicably becomes at peace when he accepts he is going to die. The revelation inspires him to comfort many of the fearful passengers, even moving to sit next to a young boy flying alone. The psychological trauma of the experience transforms his personality and he enters an altered state of consciousness, rethinking his life and becoming preoccupied with existential questions of life and death.
Groundhog Day (1993) directed by Harold Ramis. A weatherman finds himself living the same day over and over again. After indulging in hedonism and numerous suicide attempts, he begins to re-examine his life and priorities.
Millions (2004) directed by Danny Boyle. Ethics, being human and the soul, come to the fore when a 7-year old finds a bag of £££s just days before the currency is switched to Euros and learns what we are really made of. What do they spend it all on, in such a short time? What is really important?
Pay it Forward (2000) directed by Mimi Leder. A young boy attempts to make the world a better place after his teacher gives him that chance.
Radio (2003) directed by Michael Tollin. The story of a high school coach and the developmentally challenged man whom he took under his wing.
Spring, Summer,Fall, Winter..and Spring (2003) directed by Ki-duk Kim On an isolated lake, an old monk lives on a small floating temple. The wise master has also a young boy with him who learns to become a monk. And we watch as seasons and years pass by.
The Blind Side (2009) directed by John Lee Hancock. The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.
The Darjeeling Limited (2007) directed by Wes Anderson. One year after their father's funeral, three brothers travel across India by train in an attempt to bond with one another.
The Life Of Brian (1979) directed by Terry Jones. Brian is born on the original Christmas, in the stable next door. He spends his life being mistaken for a Messiah.
The Overview Effect (2013?) http://vimeo.com/55073825 On the 40th anniversary of the famous ‘Blue Marble’ photograph taken of Earth from space, Planetary Collective presents a short film documenting astronauts’ life-changing stories of seeing the Earth from the outside – a perspective-altering experience often described as the Overview Effect.
The Tree of Life (2011) directed by Terence Malick. Probably one of the most unusual films ever. Beautiful and evocative, the evolution of our species is seen through the lens of a typical American family in the 1950's (Sean Penn, Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain)
The Warrior (2001) directed by Asif Kapadia and starring Irrfan Khan, as a warrior in feudal India who attempts to give up the sword. Beautiful, stunning visuals, moving, powerful.