Inspiring Movies

One of my great pleasures in life is watching movies that are meaningful, warm-hearted, quirky, unique, creative, memorable, feel-good and/or thought-provoking. Watching high quality films over the years has helped me through very difficult and challenging times. Not all the films I’m listing here are feel good, but they have all touched me on a deep and often profound level, having forever enriched my life. The wisdom contained in them has been very inspiring and uplifting. These films are from all over the world, with many different cultures bringing their own unique insights.


Country: France


Amélie is a story about a girl named Amélie whose childhood was suppressed by her Father’s mistaken concerns of a heart defect. With these concerns Amélie gets hardly any real life contact with other people. This leads Amélie to resort to her own fantastical world and dreams of love and beauty. She later on becomes a young woman and moves to the central part of Paris as a waitress. After finding a lost treasure belonging to the former occupant of her apartment, she decides to return it to him. After seeing his reaction and his new found perspective – she decides to devote her life to the people around her. Such as, her father who is obsessed with his garden-gnome, a failed writer, a hypochondriac, a man who stalks his ex girlfriends, the “ghost”, a suppressed young soul, the love of her life and a man whose bones are as brittle as glass. But after consuming herself with these escapades – she finds out that she is disregarding her own life and damaging her quest for love. Amélie then discovers she must become more aggressive and take a hold of her life and capture the beauty of love she has always dreamed of.

My Comments:

This has got to be my most favourite movie of all time! I’ve watched it at least a dozen times and I never get tired of it. It’s packed with creativity, humour, beauty, quirkiness, a little bit of naughtiness and too many things that words wouldn’t do justice. It’s set in Paris – one of my favourite cities in the world. The visual aspects of this film alone are so enjoyable that I couldn’t imagine anyone not liking it. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, you’ll be in for a wonderful treat! 🙂

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