Review That Poignant Film Which Touched Your Heart?

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  1. Janine The Barefoot

    Janine The Barefoot Wacky Norwegian Woman

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    Yeah, yeah... I know, action, horror, suspense, mystery, science fiction, drama, comedy, dramedy, period pieces, and so on and so forth. But films that are touching and poignant rarely seem to get any recognition even though many are the ones we most often walk away from feeling changed by. Films that are, by their nature, the ones that stay with us the longest even if we're unaware of it and not quite sure why...

    So here's my list, off the top of my head and subject to change. What's yours? One, five, twenty, whatever trips your trigger... go for it and feel free to add why you think so!

    The Fall (early Lee Pace)
    Stranger Than Fiction
    WALL-E
    Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
    Quartet
    Nobody's Fool (with Paul Newman)
    Out of Africa
    Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (Tracey & Hepburn)
    Driving Miss Daisy
    Fried Green Tomatoes
    The Judge
    The Big Chill
    Fly Away Home
     
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  2. Hux

    Hux Member: Rank 6

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    Also like The Fall. Not enough people have seen that film.

    The ending of Cinema Paradiso always gets me. The Hairdresser's Husband, Double Life of Veronique, The Selfish Giant, It's a Wonderful Life, Shawshank Redemption, An Affair to Remember, and yes.... E.T.
     
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  3. MovieKnut

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    I always have a tear in my eye at the end of Field Of Dreams.
     
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  4. Carol

    Carol Member: Rank 5

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    Yes, striking some lovely chords of fellow-feeling with your list (and a healthy few never-even-heard-of s too)

    If you love Salmon Fishing... have you tried Little Voice? (Mr McGregor on equally good form)

    Also I like Field of Dreams (but have any Yorkshirewoman's total lack of baseball knowledge, plus failure to understand why Yanks don't get cricket - nevertheless, great film).

    Today's list:

    Lion In Winter.
    Robin and Marion.
    Edward Scissorhands.
    A Matter of Life and Death.
    Wings of Desire
    To Kill a Mockingbird.
     
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  5. Janine The Barefoot

    Janine The Barefoot Wacky Norwegian Woman

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    Carol, I think EM is going to end up being the Alec Guiness of his generation. He has a chameleon-like ability to become whatever he chooses and in many of his movies it was some time before I realized he was the actor I was watching! I also really like that his scripts are always so different from each other. So Little Voice, here I come!

    And it's been years since I've seen TKAM. A movie that never fails to charm and delight me and one which always has something new to teach. Did you know that it was the author's (a woman by the way) only book?

    It never even occurred to me to put LIW on the list but I'm just flat-out embarrassed that I left off ES!!!!!

    Great list GF and thanks for giving me new things to watch and old things to see again!
     
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  6. Janine The Barefoot

    Janine The Barefoot Wacky Norwegian Woman

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    I've been waiting a long time to see The Fall and it just became available on KODI Exodus to stream. It's magically beautiful and the end always makes me cry. Plus, it's a cinematic visual feast of wonders! And thanks for adding Shawshank.... it's one of those "I know I'm forgetting something and I can't think what it is!" I'll confess to never having seen CP but love foreign films and have heard such wonderful things about it, I think it's about time!

    Thank you!
     
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  7. Janine The Barefoot

    Janine The Barefoot Wacky Norwegian Woman

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    I'm pretty sure this will officially make me The Grinch Who Stole Christmas (the cartoon not "the other one that doesn't count") but....
    not a fan of FoD. I don't know why. It's not the B-ball cause crazy as it sounds I love Major League. Maybe it's because, just to me, it felt too much like it was trying too hard. Like they wanted to out- poignant and be so touching that they never managed to do either..... I honestly don't know. All I can say is it just didn't get me the way it did so many others.
     
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  8. Carol

    Carol Member: Rank 5

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    Nah...that was yesterday's list. Today you can have a new list - in honour of Women's Day I might kick off with

    Thelma and Louise
    Nanny McPhee
    Brief Encounter
     
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  9. Janine The Barefoot

    Janine The Barefoot Wacky Norwegian Woman

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    In that case, all I'm going to add is "A Cooler Climate" a movie in which Sally Field plays a once wealthy wife who looses everything in a divorce and goes to work for another woman who's in the same position she was and is initially unaware of it. Judi Davis is her co-star and she's a woman whose work always impresses and amazes me. Also, Pauline Collins in "Shirley Valentine" about a woman who runs away from home to find herself. It's lovely, charming and inspirational.

    Both films are focused on women, are uplifting and intelligent and both are films that suffer from never having reached a large enough audience to get the word of mouth votes of confidence they deserved.

    Carol, "I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship"...... :emoji_hugging:
     
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    A Little Princess (1995)
    Stuart Little (1999)
    Stuart Little 2 (2002)
    Annie (1999)
    Ramona and Beezus (2010)
    The Passion of the Christ (2004)
     
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  11. Carol

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    Big yes to that - haven't seen it for years (but what Shirley says on the boat should be compulsory advice to every younger woman embarking on a fling)...
    She has a new film out soon co-starring with Joan Collins, which might be promising.
    What about Calender Girls? Or Alan Plater's Last of the Blonde Bombshells? (TV film that should have been in cinemas if there was any justice...)
     
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    Rain man
    Awakenings
    I Am Sam
    Forrest Gump
    Stand By Me
    Goodwill Hunting
     
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    @Janine The Barefoot , I also don't like Fields of Dreams - just couldn't buy into it
    I can't believe we do have many of the same likes:
    WALL-E > how many different tones can WALL-E be sung
    Out of Africa > beautiful cinematography & love stories of people & country/landscapes
    Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (Tracey & Hepburn) > before it's time, beautifully portrayed
    Driving Miss Daisy > loved Jessica Tandy
    Fried Green Tomatoes > great BBQ
    The Judge > I just watched this, read here: https://www.imdforums.com/threads/last-movie-you-watched.50/ (PAGE 6, POST 104)
    Fly Away Home > I'd fly w/those geese in a heartbeat![/B]
    @Hux
    Shawshank Redemption, An Affair to Remember, and yes.... E.T.
    @sleepyjack
    Rain man &
    Forrest Gump > I feel both are classic, heartwarming change the way we perceive life movies

     
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  14. Janine The Barefoot

    Janine The Barefoot Wacky Norwegian Woman

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    We are officially, blood sisters for life! :emoji_kiss: :emoji_dancers:
     
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    I suggest trying some Asian cinema, which are normally over looked, here is a small selection.

    Poetry

    4:30

    I Wish

    Like Father, Like Son

    Planet of Snail
     
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  16. Carol

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    Hi Bux,
    Thanks for suggestions to expand the repertoire - when I lived in Birmingham, there were a couple of cinemas which specialised in showing arrivals from Bollywood, etc, and having a Punjabi flatmate helped there; but now it's not so much a case of overlooking Asian cinema more generally as where to find stuff showing...any hints, please?
     
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    Yes, Cinema Paradiso is great, and so is Fly Away Home!

    I'll add Bridge to Terabithia.
     
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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
     
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    Yeah I know, so many people must have a movie fit one of those genres or they think it's a dud where 'nothing happens'. Sometimes I feel like keeping these to myself because enjoying them to their fullest requires some unusual sensitivity.

    La Strada
    Ballad of a Soldier
    Maborosi
    The Official Story
    Sundays and Cybele
    Forbidden Games
    The Browning Version
    The Naked Island
    Death in Venice
    In This House of Brede
    The Lacemaker
    Wings ('66)
    Grave of the Fireflies
    Home from the Sea
    La Frontera ('91)
     
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