Midlife invites us to go deeper and, in a culture that neither understands nor encourages depth, you’ll need to find it for yourself.
Depth is skulking in unexpected places and the cinema — the major art form of our age — is one of them.
Whilst most films are disposable fluff, there are exceptions.
Here are ten movies sprinkled with fairy dust; moving pictures with a long-lasting magic that touch the heart and feed the soul. They all, in one way or another, deal with transformation; the characters evolve and interact in authentic ways and we care about their fate:
- The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
- Gran Torino
- Groundhog Day
- Marley and Me
- Little Miss Sunshine
- Muriel’s Wedding
- Into the Wild
- Love Actually
- There’s Something About Mary*
*Admittedly, it’s cheeky to claim this movie is deep. And, if you’ve kept count, it makes my list total eleven movies, not ten. However, it’s included because I’ve never laughed so much in a cinema before. It is a comedic joy from start to finish and that has to be good for the spirit.