I love movies about a journey out of pain, or through pain, to a better place. They often start with divorce or death or unexpected pregnancy or something, and we see the characters move through all these experiences that allow them to find themselves back again. Often there is a gentle love story, but it’s not about that. The successful love story is just a symptom of the healing that has taken place.
Under the Tuscan Sun
Woman buys a villa in Italy that needs a lot of work. So does she.
Catch & Release
Woman finds out she never really knew her fiance after he dies. Might be the best ending to a movie that I’ve ever seen!
P.S. I Love You
Woman’s dead husband sends her mail, and other surprises, after he is long gone. (No, not in a paranormal way! He planned it all when he was dying.)
Dan in Real Life
Man and his daughters go on vacation with his family. Another beautiful ending to a movie!
Woman doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life. I think you might have to “get” little kids to appreciate her journey. And the puppy makes me cry, every damn time.
A journey for everyone involved. And the best advice I’ve heard about finding love, from Juno’s dad: “Look, in my opinion, the best thing you can do is find a person who loves you for exactly what you are. Good mood, bad mood, ugly, pretty, handsome, what have you, the right person is still going to think the sun shines out your ass. That’s the kind of person that’s worth sticking with.”
Away We Go
I’ve only seen this movie once, and I fell asleep for about 20 minutes in the middle. So the fact that it made an impression on me is all the more significant.
What other “journey movies” can you think of?