There is just something about watching a good movie when you are feeling down. Who is to say that the movie has to be a “good” one. Maybe it’s bad, really bad. Sometimes it is just what you need to get your mindset right.
When facing grief, if you spend too much time in your own head it is easy to find yourself falling into a vicious cycle. The vicious cycle could be replaying your pain, it could be negative thoughts and guilt over the death of your loved one. Dealing with grief at any stage can be physically and emotionally draining. Sometimes it feels that it will never end or get better. Sometimes your mind just needs a little relief from it all.
When you don’t want to wallow in your present pain anymore but are not quite ready to sit down and laugh at a corny comedy, it’s time to cuddle up with a nice down comforter and your Netflix controller. We have compiled a list of some great Netflix titles that will bring you to another place and into someone else’s story for a short time.
- The Bucket List: In this movie two very different men (played by Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman) find themselves as roomates in the hospital as they both deal with cancer diagnosis. Despite their differences they embrace the moment and set off to fulfill their bucket list of all the things they want to do before they die. This movie has some heavy topics but explore them with a realistic humor.
- Queen of Katwe: This is a heartwarming movie that is based on a true story. The story follows a young girl from Uganda who comes from meager beginnings and goes on to be a chess champion. This movie reminds us that greatness can come in many forms and from unexpected places as long as there is perseverance.
- Beauty and the Beast: This is the live action version of the Disney movie by the same title. Belle is a miller’s daughter who ends up being held captive in a castle inhabited by different characters who have been bewitched and turned into household items such as Cogsworth the clock and Chip the young tea cup. The head of the house is the Beast who is also under the spell. The only thing that can break the spell is love. This is a story of unconditional love despite appearances.
- Spanglish: Spanglish is one of those movies that has been around for awhile and chances are you have seen it already. This 2004 film is a romance, comedy and drama all wrapped up in one. The story follows Flor a mexican immigrant trying to make a better life for her daughter Christina. She goes to work as a housekeeper/nanny for a rich family. Cultures collide as two families deal with their own personal issues and get mixed into each others.
- Anne with an E: This is a series rather than a movie, very binge worthy as they say. This series is a remake of the Anne of Green Gables series that is loosely based on the Novel Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery written in 1908. In it they follow Anne, a young orphan who mistakenly gets sent to live with a family who were expecting to have a boy to help with the farm. Anne is an eccentric young lady that eventually convinces the family to keep her. The series follows the ups and downs as well as the heartbreaks and challenges that the young girl faces. This series has a little bit of everything and can definitely take you to another place and time if only for 45 minutes at a time.
All of these movies have a way of showing you that everyone deals with ups and downs. These movies are not void of emotions at all. They are not a place to get away from your feelings but to feel them through the lives and stories of others. There is nothing as comforting as to know that you are not alone in your grief. These movies all have a theme of hope and resilience which is what eventually brings us all to a place of healing.