Let’s face it, who hasn’t had a bad day once in a while? Or, for that matter, many bad days, or even a bad streak. Having bad days is almost a constant, especially in this day and age. On those days it is very necessary to lift our spirits because, although they say that we can learn a lot from bad days, the last thing you expect when you get home is to continue with that horrible day, but let’s be positive and try to turn those days into something bearable with these movies.
Cinema, like other arts such as music or literature, plays a very important role as a mood stabiliser. Watching certain movies has a very positive effect on human beings as it helps us to reflect, empathise and understand that life sometimes places before us very complex situations. Cinema makes us dream, travel and forget. Cinema helps us to manage our emotions.
8 movies to lift your spirits and face life with optimism
Grégoire Moulin contre l’humanité (2001)
At the age of 35, Grégoire has become a civil servant with a monotonous life who has to take care of his grandmother. When she dies, the protagonist moves to Paris, where he has found a job in an insurance company. There he meets a very special woman, Odile Bonheur, a young dance teacher with whom he falls platonically in love. When he finally gets a date with her, the protagonist is caught up in a series of events that seem to prevent him from going to meet her. Grégoire Moulin contre l’humanité, and it will undoubtedly bring a smile to your face.
Something’s Gotta Give (2003)
Harry Sanborn (Jack Nicholson) is a wealthy bachelor obsessed with young women. His latest conquest, Marin (Amanda Peet), offers him a romantic weekend at the beach house of her mother, Erica Barry (Diane Keaton), a famous divorced writer. Thus begins a plot full of entanglements that will end up altering the lives and feelings of all the protagonists. Something’s gotta give is a funny comedy full of tenderness and love. Perfect to lift your spirits after a hard day.
One of the most influential French films of the 21st century. A film full of positive things and life’s little pleasures. Amélie Poulain (Audrey Tautou) is a cheerful, generous and imaginative young woman. One day, she discovers a box hidden behind a tile. From that moment on, Amélie’s sole objective is to find its owner and return it to him, but in her search, she will be helping people to find happiness. A resounding success to end a horrible day. One of the best films to lift your spirits.
Begin Again (2013)
A film that shows us how to overcome a love break-up using music as a driving and healing vehicle. Gretta (Keira Knihtley) and Dave (Adam Levine) are two young musicians who move to New York City to try to make it big. When Dave succeeds, he decides to leave Gretta. From that moment on, Gretta will have to struggle with effort and perseverance to achieve her solo dream. To do so, she will have the help of Dan (Mark Ruffalo).
Groundhog Day (1993) > One of the perfect films to lift your spirits
Phil, the weatherman for a well-known TV station, is a rude and bitter man who goes to Punxsutawney, as he does every year, to cover the Groundhog Day festival. Due to a snowstorm, he and his crew are forced to stay in the small town. The next morning, Phil is astonished to find that Groundhog Day has just begun again. Day after day, the protagonist will face the same situations without being able to help it. The grumpy and unpleasant journalist seems condemned to relive the same day over and over again. Trapped in Time is one of those infallible uplifting films.
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
In road movie format, the film follows a family as they travel to a beauty pageant for which their young daughter, whose dream is to become Miss Sunshine, has qualified. The film received rave reviews and features an exceptional cast that includes Toni Collette, Steve Carell, Greg Kinnear, Paul Dano and Alan Arkin, among others. Winner of two Oscars, for Best Supporting Actor ( Alan Arkin) and Best Original Screenplay (Michael Arndt), Little Miss Sunshine is a delightfully funny film that brings to the table family relationships and how they can help us get through the bad times. 100% recommended.
As Good as It Gets (1997)
Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson) is a famous writer with OCD(obsessive-compulsive disorder) who treats the rest of society with utter contempt. The only person who seems to put up with him is Carol Connelly (Helen Hunt), a waitress at the restaurant where Melvin eats lunch every day. Carol is a single mother whose son suffers from chronic asthma and does not receive adequate medical care due to lack of financial resources. One day, one of Melvin’s neighbours, Simon Bishop (Greg Kinnear) suffers a terrible accident and the protagonist is forced to take care of his little dog who quickly wins the affection of the obsessive writer. Better Impossible, directed by James L. Brooks, is an uplifting delight. The title says it all: better? impossible.
Just at the beginning of Lent, the mysterious Vianne Rocher (Juliette Binoche) and her daughter arrive in a quiet, idyllic French village in the winter of 1959. When she opens a chocolate shop right next to the church, she quickly earns the enmity of the Count (Alfred Molina). But her ability to sense her customers’ desires and satisfy them with the right sweet will shake the community’s oppressively entrenched traditions. A delightful fable that portrays the theme of prejudice and the repression of feelings. In short, Chocolat is a breath of fresh air.
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