11 Jul 14 Movies To Inspire You To Live Life Out Loud Today
Movies don’t just entertain with humour, romance or terror. They also inspire us to make changes in our lives, to see the world, to make a difference and when movies are able to spark an interest to apply their message in real life it is well worth watching them
The movie ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ inspired by the book of the same name made a major impact on tourism to places noted in the story as millions of people trekked to follow in Liz’s footsteps. The same is true for my fave, ‘Under The Tuscan Sun’ a true adventure story by Frances Mayes of a couple who settled in Italy and refurbished a beautiful villa.
Here I’ve put together a list of some more, in no particular order, of my fave transformational movies that will inspire you to make big changes in YOUR life.
Bread and Tulips - After being forgotten in a highway café during a bus trip, a housewife decides to start a new life by herself in Venice. I LOVE this one!
Chef - After a controlling owner pushes him too far, chef Carl Casper quits his position at a prestigious Los Angeles restaurant. As he tries to figure out what his next step should be, he finds himself in Miami. Carl joins forces with his ex-wife, best friend and son to launch a food-truck business, and the venture provides a chance to reignite his passion for cooking -- as well as his zest for life and love.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - Some British retirees decide to outsource their retirement to exotic -- and less expensive -- India. Lured by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and imagining a life of leisure in lush surroundings, they arrive and find that the Marigold is actually a shell of its former self. Though their new home is not quite what they had imagined, the retirees find that life and love can begin again when they let go of their pasts.
A Good Year - Failed London banker Max Skinner inherits his uncle's vineyard in Provence, where he spent many childhood holidays. Upon his arrival, he meets a woman from California who tells Max she is his long-lost cousin and that the property is hers.
The Baby Boom – Yes, so I know this is an oldie, but it is truly a goodie! J.C. Wiatt is a New York City businesswoman who is married to her job and has a relationship with a successful investment broker, Steven. J.C.'s life takes an unexpected turn when a relative suddenly dies and makes her the caretaker of a baby girl. Soon, the baby's arrival causes J.C. to lose first Steven, and then her job. She moves to Vermont and embarks on a series of life-changing events. But when offered the opportunity, will she return to her corporate ways?
The Way - A father heads overseas to recover the body of his estranged son who died while traveling the "El camino de Santiago," and decides to take the pilgrimage himself.
P.S. I Love You – Ok, so this one you will definitely want tissues with. When Gerry the husband of Holly Kennedy, dies from an illness, she loses the love of her life. Knowing how hard Holly will take his death, Gerry plans ahead. Beginning on her 30th birthday, she receives the first in a series of letters written by him, designed to ease her grief and encourage her to move forward to a new life.
Wild - Driven to the edge by the loss of her beloved mother, the dissolution of her marriage and a headlong dive into self-destructive behavior, Cheryl Strayed makes a decision to halt her downward spiral and put her life back together again. With no outdoors experience, a heavy backpack and little else to go on but her own will, Cheryl sets out alone to hike the Pacific Crest Trail -- one of the country's longest and toughest through-trails.
Joy - A story of a family across four generations, centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Facing betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, Joy becomes a true boss of family and enterprise. Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, as Joy's inner life and fierce imagination carry her through the storm she faces.
Yes Man - Carl Allen is stuck in a rut with his negative ways. Then he goes to a self-help seminar and learns to unleash the power of yes. Living in the affirmative leads him to all sorts of amazing and transforming experiences; he gets a job promotion, and even finds a new romance. But Carl finds that too much of anything, even positive thinking, is not necessarily a good thing.
Amelie - This is a fanciful comedy about a young woman who discretely orchestrates the lives of the people around her, creating a world exclusively of her own making. Shot in over 80 Parisian locations, this movie captures the exquisite charm and mystery of modern-day Paris through the eyes of a beautiful ingenue.
The Hundred Foot Journey - Hassan Kadam is an extraordinarily talented and largely self-taught culinary novice. When he and his family are displaced from their native India and settle in a quaint French village, they decide to open an Indian eatery. However, Madame Mallory, the proprietress of an acclaimed restaurant just 100 feet away, strongly objects. War erupts between the two establishments, until Mallory recognizes Kadam's impressive epicurean gifts and takes him under her wing.