The many ways to relearn how to see the world! 5 Films with Philosophical Questions

Thinking about humanity’s need to reflect on current events, fostering critical, creative and independent thinking, on November 18th is entitled the International Day of Philosophy, this deep thinking about the art of living together within general and fundamentals about existence, knowledge, values, reason and thoughts.

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Some say that the real philosophy is to relearn how to see the world, and so, in this light, we can make a parallel with the magical world of cinema where what we see on the big screen makes us constantly reflect with our reality.

With this in mind, we decided to create a list of some productions that somehow make us reflect on some concepts within the philosophy.

Enjoy watching:

Volcano

How to rebuild when you just destroy? Talking about a man’s pursuit of happiness, the young Icelandic filmmaker Rúnar Rúnarsson – in his first feature film – he transforms a personal conflict into a work of art about reflecting. Volcano it’s the kind of movie you’ve never heard of but you’ll definitely want to debate about it.

In the plot, we meet Hannes (Theodór Júlíusson) a curmudgeon, smoker, of old age, who lives his life in a sad way and without new big goals. He insists on being the most inconvenient person in the places where he goes, being thus seen by everyone as an unhappy person who doesn’t like anyone. One day, after returning from a failed suicide attempt, a certain listening conversation awakens in him a feeling of change.

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Hannah Arendt

Directed by German filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta, Hannah Arendt is a drama about a woman of importance to the world of political philosophy who had a slight air of recklessness. The script is really interesting, aiding itself with flashbacks and thoughts, leaving nothing to be desired in relation to further explanations for the layman in philosophy. Anyone who already knows Hannah Arendt will understand the explanations given in this film much better than anyone who has never heard about her.

At a time when original thinkers did not need a degree to teach, we met the German political philosopher of Jewish origin, Hannah Arendt, who worked as a journalist and university professor in addition to publishing important works on political philosophy. Always surrounded by books and texts that contributed to her work, we are introduced to friends (some of them famous thinkers) and to a whole personal problem caused by her thinking that culminated in the transformation of a judgment into a philosophical question.

Alice and the Mayor

The lone hiker’s daydreams. A tired politician who can no longer think. A young woman who returns to France after a few years and goes to work behind the scenes in politics even though she hasn’t had any such experience before. Written and directed by Parisian filmmaker Nicolas Pariser, Alice and the Mayor, transforms the dull and tangled themes of politics into social chronicles with utopian parallels and an understanding of practical reasons often arising through the great thoughts of this and other centuries.

In the plot, we meet Alice (Anaïs Demoustier), a young man with a degree in letters who finds a job in the city of Lyon. Recruited for a non-existent vacancy and then recruited for another, she ends up being one of the people closest to Mayor Paul Théraneau (Fabrice Luchini) being responsible in a short time for important agendas such as his speeches. Thus, we are witness to debates with didactic arguments about left, right, progressives, socialists, inside the tumultuous and always demanding backstage of the city hall of this great French city.

I was at home…but

The search for one’s own personal truth. Silver Bear Winner for Best Direction (Angela Schanelec) in Berlin in the year 2019, I Was Home, But… is a curious German feature film with almost static shots, very attentive to details. But the question is this: what details would these be? Some will think it’s a film about nothing, others a mere chaotic attempt to bring to debate conflicts that we can see in reality, in real life, linked to family, parents and children, within a European panorama. At a certain point, he has a certain lack of weight about art, refuting the question: How shallow and empty can acting be in front of the eyes of those who cannot raise awareness?

It revolves around a woman named Astrid (Maren Eggert), mother of two, widowed for two years by a former theater director, consumed by personal problems and difficulties in interacting, whether at home in her children’s education, or on the street with others. His eldest son disappears for a while and reappears all dirty, sparking debate about what happened at school. Days pass and Astrid seeks to understand life from different perspectives.

Violette

Living is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist. In his fifth feature, the French filmmaker Martin Provost resolves to tell a real story, strong and full of details that impacted the French way of thinking throughout the last century. With a great parade of literary and philosophy stars, an exquisite script and the duo Emmanuelle Devos e Sandrine Kiberlain Inspired, Violette transforms over the course of the 139 minutes of tape into a forceful portrait of a unique figure in a straight society who receives a slap in every line of her controversial texts.

In the story, scripted by the director himself, we get to know more deeply the life of the writer Violette Leduc, a warrior woman who found salvation through writing. His friendship and passion for Simone de Beauvoir is also meticulously well shown. Feeling in a desert that monologues, defying the conventional of the time, breaking taboos, being admired by distinguished 20th century writers, the protagonist is very powerful. Emmanuelle Devos it embodies a vigorous energy that is critical for us to empathize with Violette. A great performance by this excellent actress, perhaps little known here in Brazil. Have in Globoplay.

O Last Love of Mr. Morgan

How sad is it to lose someone? Written and directed by the German filmmaker Sandra Nettelbeck, from the excellent film Helen (2009), O Last Love of Mr. Morgan it is a film, that is, sensitive. Anyone who has any kind of troubled relationship with their father will have their structures shaken. The vulnerable protagonist, played brilliantly by the Brit Michael Caine, it guides the viewer by the force that his deceased wife’s imaginary memories have on him. Thus, we are thrown into a dramatic sea full of emotions at all times.

In the plot we meet Matthew Morgan (Caine), a lonely grandpa who is feeling increasingly alone after the loss of his lovely wife. The former philosophy professor at the prestigious Princeton University lives in Paris and seems to insist on not learning the local language. His life changes, starting to have some meaning, when he meets the dance teacher Pauline (Clémence Poésy). Pauline’s emotions run high – which turns out to be intimidating at first for Mr. Morgan – but he ends up accepting the father-son relationship that is established, until the dramatic arrival of his two sons leading to an outcome beyond exciting.

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