Ten movies to feed the midlife spirit

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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:

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  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Gran Torino
  • Groundhog Day
  • Marley and Me
  • Little Miss Sunshine
  • Muriel’s Wedding
  • Titanic
  • Hereafter
  • 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.

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Claire Bell

Claire Bell is the health and wellbeing editor of Midlifexpress. She is the author of Stone Age Secrets for Mind and Body and Comma Magic. Print and ebooks available on Amazon.

2 thoughts on “Ten movies to feed the midlife spirit

  • February 10, 2013 at 8:36 am
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    May I add three to the list–not new releases, for sure, but relevant and timeless!
    “Over the Hill” with Olympia Dukakis — (filmed in Australia,actually)
    “Antonia’s Line” (Dutch)– a wonderful look at a mini-world created by a midlife woman that so mirrors what is possible in the greater world!
    “Meinrad Craighead, Praying With Images”, a documentary of the creative life of a contemporary woman, artist and mystic.
    Cheers!
    Morgana Morgaine

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  • February 10, 2013 at 4:49 pm
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    Thanks Morgana. I now have three more delicious movies to add to my midlife film-feast. The last movie you mention sounds especially intriguing.

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