7 TO SEE: A List of Inspiring Films

WORLD • MOVIES AND DOCUMENTARIES


Have you been craving that feeling of fascination you get after watching an inspiring movie? Here is a list that will give you that feeling you are after.


 
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CHINA

IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE by WONG KAR WAI

Wong Kar Wai is known for his highly stylised films where music meets colour and only a few directors like him can convey the pain and sufferings of love as seductively as him. As British Film Institute describes: " In the Mood for Love (2000) is Wong’s crowning glory and a must-see. An exquisite masterpiece, it’s one of the most poignant films about lost love in cinema history."

If you like his style, then you must watch 2046, also. 

 


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GREECE

DOGTOOTH by YORGOS LANTHIMOS

The Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos likes to tell bizarre stories and fantasies. The film critic Roger Ebert describes the movies as “Dogtooth is like a car crash. You cannot look away.” It couldn’t have been described better.

The movie is about a family, a father, a mother, two sisters and a brother. No name is given to any of its members. The parents have raised their three children in total captivity, forbidding them access to the outside world—they live in a large, upscale home behind a very high wall and a gate, which is always locked. The kids are home-educated by which they're taught the wrong things. They call for a salt shaker with the word “telephone”, and “sea” is the word for the big leather armchair in the living room.

Dogtooth is the bizarre but fascinating one. Their lifestyle leaves you questioning much about the world around us, as we realise being isolated from the society, could lead to a total different understanding of the world.


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BRAZIL

The Space in Between Marina Abramović and Brazil by Marco Del Fiol

Marina Abramovic travels the Brazilian countryside searching for personal healing and artistic inspiration.


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CANADA

Nuit #1 by Anne Émond

The movie tells about a modern love story which lasts a night only.

Clara and Nicholaï meet at a rave. The night continues at Nicholaï’s apartment and the couple for a night shares a very intimate night together, including telling each other some of their most kept secrets and flaws. Nikolaï and Clara prove to be emotionally deeply wounded people, and the director's first debut film makes her characters mouthpieces for a million frustrated singles.


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GERMANY

HEAD-ON by FATIH AKIN

A different kind of love story between Turkish immigrants living in Germany. If you like the action in your love story, then this movie is for you.


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COLOMBIAN AMAZON

EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT by CIRO GUERRA

The film was inspired by the travel diaries of the German ethnologist Theodor Koch-Grunberg and American psychedelic researcher and botanist Richard Evans Schultes, who both explored the Amazons in the aim of their research.

The film tells two stories thirty years apart, both featuring Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his tribe. He travels with two scientists, firstly with German Theo von Martius in 1909 and American named Evan in 1940, to look for the rare yakruna, a (fictional) sacred plant. The movie begins with a young shaman in the Colombian Amazon helps a sick German explorer to search for a rare plant, believed to be the only source that will be able to heal him. The movie begins with the young Karamate in the Colombian Amazon helping the sick Theo, to search for this rare plant that is believed to be the only source that will be able to heal him. And then years later, Richard follows the same route of Theo, for different reasons.

The film is artfully created in black and white, and do consist Shamanic life-lessons that everybody can benefit from.


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JAPAN

JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI by DAVID GELB

A documentary about an 85-year-old sushi master, his two sons, and their world’s smallest three-star Michelin sushi restaurant. Owned and run by the father Jiro Ono, a sushi master who began making sushi when he was 10. Seventy-five yeats later he continues to strive for perfection, and his sons are finding it difficult to be able to reach his level.