I love movies… movies that make me laugh, that make me cry, that make me think, and feel, and care, and understand. I’ve blogged once about specific scenes that speak to me, but now I want to talk about whole movies (there will be some overlap).
To narrow it down a little bit, and also to keep vaguely on the general topic of this blog, let’s stick with movies that have moved you, that have had some sort of impact on your emotional, spiritual and/or religious outlook. I’ll start with a few of mine:
Ushpizin – This Israeli movie explores the constant struggle to act in all things according to the dictates of one’s faith and conscience, and to balance that with acting from a place of love. Very moving.
Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro – There’s not much to say about the spiritual aspects of Spirited Away that hasn’t already been said… and while Totoro works on a much simpler level, the underlying Shinto-based message that the Divine is present, accessible and local in nature as well as manifesting as (what we in the West think of as) Gods speaks to and reinforces an important aspect of my spirituality. (There are moments in the anime series Kamichu that do this as well.)
Sorceress – This lovely French film was one of the first to open my eyes to the possibilities of a more nature-oriented way of being.
So there’s a handful of the films that have helped, inspired and comforted me on my journey – what are yours?