10 kindest films that will bring back the joy of life

Rock wave

What could be more inspiring than good music? The heroes of the film “Rock Wave” clearly decided that it was nothing. It's the 60s, rock is developing in the UK, but the official channels are not yet ready to admit it. But for small radio stations it was dawn time. The film is about a pirate radio that broadcasts from a ship in the North Sea. The ship has its own life, generously seasoned with good music. The film will be remembered for its story, chic dialogues and excellent aftertaste - like after a good wine.

The King speaks!

The King's Speech

  • UK, USA, Australia, 2010.
  • Drama, biography, history.
  • Duration: 118 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.0.

Duke George VI suffered from a stutter since childhood. The best specialists in Great Britain could not help him, and then a certain Lionel Logue was recommended to the protagonist’s wife. This Australian speech therapist uses very unusual ways to treat his patients. Lionel begins to study with the Duke, and casually helps him resolve deep personal issues.

The film stars very strong contemporary actors: Helena Bonham Carter, Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush. And besides this, the film captivates with its British sophisticated aesthetics and wonderful musical themes.

Where the heart is

A still from the film “Where the Heart Is”
The story of the girl Novalee (Natalie Portman) is unlikely to be included in the list of the best films of the century or in the lists of film critics. “Where the Heart is” talks about life - the pain of betrayal, deception, violations of laws, naivety and anger, but all this is compensated by kindness, love and justice, which nevertheless triumphed. And it all begins simply horrifyingly - a girl, pregnant at the last stage, is left alone in a hypermarket without family, acquaintances and with five dollars in her pocket.

Life of Pi

Life of Pi

  • USA, Taiwan, UK, Canada, 2012.
  • Fantasy, drama, adventure.
  • Duration: 127 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.9.

An adaptation of Yann Martel's novel Life of Pi. Pi Patel is the son of a zookeeper, and at the same time an employee of a menagerie. While transporting animals by water from India to Japan, a storm causes the ship to sink. Pi is the only one in the whole family who manages to get into the lifeboat. However, refugees from the camp of pets joined him, and now the young man will have to surf the ocean in the company of a tiger, zebra, monkey and hyena.

"Life of Pi" is a bright representative of the Robinsonade genre. Its main task is to show how a person changes in natural conditions and in isolation from society. Throughout the film, we watch as Pi rethinks his life and comes to God. And he ends the journey with a completely different personality.

The images of animals leave a special mark after watching the film. It's rare to see a realistic film in which animals are full-fledged characters on a par with people.

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Belle and Sebastian

If you miss childhood or are looking for how to show the beauty of the world and the breadth of the human soul to a child, the Belle and Sebastian trilogy is perfect. This story will show the kindness and courage of a child, teach something and shock you with incredible alpine landscapes. The film will appeal to both children and adults, and the second part of “Belle and Sebastian. The Adventure Continues" can now be seen in cinemas.


Genre: biography, music, drama Year of release: 2018 Audience rating: ⭐️ 7.4 (KinoPoisk) Director: Kirill Serebryannikov Cast: Roma Zver, Irina Starshenbaum, Theo Yu, Philip Avdeev, Evgeny Serzin

What it's about: a beautiful musical film about two famous Russian musicians.

An atmospheric musical biography film about Viktor Tsoi, Mike Naumenko and the Leningrad underground rock culture of the early 1980s.

Two aspiring musicians, Vitya and Leonid, come to the beach with guitars, where Mike Naumenko and his friends have gathered. Vitya and Lenya perform the songs “My Friends” and “Bezdelnik”, and from the reaction of Mike’s friends it is clear that they like the songs and can become hits. Mike also speaks well of the group's songs and comes up with the name "Garin and the Hyperboloids".

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Yours, mine, ours

Still from the film “Yours, Mine, Ours”
How well do you imagine the life of a large family? “Yours, Mine, Ours” will tell about it from the other side. The admiral met his first love, both have experience of family life, both have children. They meet, fall in love again and quickly get married. The highlight of this story is that he has not 1, not 2, but 8 children, and she has 10, and they have completely different views on education. The film will make you laugh, give you a lot of warm emotions and leave you believing that family is the most important thing in life.


Genre: drama, crime Year of release: 2011 Audience rating: ⭐️ 7.6 (KinoPoisk) Director: Oleg Pogodin Cast: Sergei Garmash, Bogdan Stupka, Larisa Malevannaya, Igor Savochkin, Alexandra Blednaya

What: a real Western, but instead of the Wild West - the Don steppes

The Shamanov family, living in the Russian steppes in a lonely house, are preparing to celebrate the centenary anniversary of the head of the family, World War I veteran Ivan Matveevich.

Suddenly, the eldest son Victor, whom family members have not seen for 25 years, comes to visit. Following him, armed people begin to converge on the house, and completely change the family’s plans for a quiet holiday.

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I'm dancing inside myself

Still from the film “Inside I’m Dancing”
“Inside I’m Dancing” may seem unnecessary on this list. The audience unfolds the story of two guys in wheelchairs, one - Rory O'Shea played by James McAvoy - is terminally ill, the other will live. However, these guys end up with more life in them than in a healthy person. The picture evokes laughter, tears, joy and sadness at the same time, but can pull you out of the dullness of days and inspire a fresh outlook on life.

Large fish

Big Fish

7.9/10 Kinopoisk Rating

The film “Big Fish” was directed by one of the most outstanding American directors, Tim Burton, and the script is based on the book of the same name by Daniel Wallace. The main characters of the story are Edward and Will Bloom, father and son, who sometimes have difficulty finding a common language, but at the same time really love each other. The viewer meets them when Edward is diagnosed with cancer, and Will and his wife temporarily move into his house to spend as much time as possible together. That's when Edward begins to pour out stories from his life.

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Forrest Gump

The story of “Forrest Gump” is now known to everyone - a weak-minded guy is distinguished by his kindness, nobility, ingenuousness and amazing ability to get involved in adventures. He becomes a soldier, a football player, a millionaire, meets a lot of people and makes a lot of discoveries. This film can not only inspire the viewer with the joy of life, but also significantly change their outlook on life, and the words “Run, Forrest, Run” will remain in the memory for a long time.

An Ordinary Woman (mini-series)

Genre: drama, crime Year of release: 2018 Audience rating: ⭐️ 7.7 (KinoPoisk) Director: Boris Khlebnikov, Natalia Meshchaninova Cast: Anna Mikhalkova, Evgeniy Grishkovets, Yulia Melnikova, Alexandra Bortich, Tatyana Dogileva

What it's about: the story of an ordinary woman living a very extraordinary life.

The plot centers on a heroine who leads a double life.

In ordinary life, Marina is the wife of a surgeon, the mother of two children and the owner of a flower shop, and in her other life she is a pimp with a very difficult specific business.

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Invisible side

The Blind Side brought Sandra Bullock an Oscar, and deservedly so. There is Michael - a big, even huge teenager who has no one, but has the talent to play football. And there is a prosperous family with two children who are a little interested in football. Their destinies intersect at school and change - Sandra Bullock’s heroine simply cannot leave her child, albeit a big one, on the street. A very kind and touching film that shows that anyone can accomplish a feat.

Eastern wind


7.9/10 Kinopoisk Rating

The German film “East Wind” is an option for those who are tired of the ambiance of Hollywood cinema. This is the story of a fourteen-year-old girl, Mika, who finished the school year poorly and, as punishment, went to a remote village to visit her grandmother. Her parents hoped that there she would pull herself together and learn responsibility. But instead of poring over textbooks, Mika became interested in horses and became friends with the stallion Ostwind...


Top 20 films about the meaning of life [soulful cinema]

Somehow, in this pre-New Year bustle, I wanted to think about life, its meaning, and look at everything from a new point of view. And the best way to provoke such thoughts is to watch soulful films where the main characters question the meaning of existence. Well, I have prepared such a list. This is my personal top 20 films about the meaning of life!

Soulful viewing!

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1. Into the Wild

Year: 2007

Country: USA

Director: Sean Penn

After graduating from Emory College, one of its leading students and athletes, Christopher McCandless, leaves all his belongings, donates $24,000 to a charitable foundation, and hitchhikes to Alaska to plunge into the wild. Along the way, Christopher meets different people who influence his life in one way or another.

2. The Giant Mechanical Man

Year: 2011

Country: USA

Director: Lee Kirk

This is a film about two outcasts.
One is an underrated man-statue street performer. The second is a girl who has never found herself in life, whose younger sister is obsessively trying to arrange her personal life. They need money and randomly get a job at a zoo... 3. Dialogue with my gardener/Dialogue avec mon jardinier
Year: 2007

Country: France

Director: Jean Becker

Tired of the hectic life in Paris, a middle-aged artist decides to return to his childhood home in the center of France.
The house is surrounded by a huge garden, and, having neither the desire nor the time to do it, the artist places an ad for hiring in a local newspaper. The first one to arrive - a retired railway worker - gets the sought-after position as a gardener, but it soon turns out that both main characters know each other - many years ago they attended the same municipal school... 4. Blank Slate /La tete en friche
Year: 2010

Country: France

Director: Jean Becker

Germain is a big man, but narrow-minded. One fine day, in the park, he meets a sweet old lady named Margherita. Erudite and well-read, she becomes his friend, forcing Germain to take a different look at his life and the world around him.

Strange Gardens/Effroyables jardins
Year: 2003

Country: France

Director: Jean Becker

The complex relationship between father and son changes after the son learns what happened to his father during World War II. Together with three friends, he was captured by the Germans and put in a deep hole awaiting execution, which would take place if the mysterious saboteur who blew up the railway post the day before did not identify himself.

When the appointed hour was already close, one of the guards began to entertain the prisoners, trying to cheer them up and make them forget that they were on the verge of death. He managed not only to defuse the situation, but also to teach the captives a lesson that none of them forgot until the end of their days: humor is the last weapon in the face of tragedy.

6. Children
of Nature / Les enfants du Marais
Year: 1998

Country: France

Director: Jean Becker

Marais is a quiet town on the banks of the deep Loire. Two old friends Harry and Rimon are used to while away their days doing ordinary work, not really caring about the meaning of life. Each of them has their own dreams, memories, past youth.

But one day the long-awaited changes come. It turns out that in their lives there is still a place for crazy love, exciting adventures and serious male squabbles.

7. Welcome back/Bienvenue parmi nous

Year: 2012

Country: France

Director: Jean Becker

Despite all his fame, the 60-year-old artist Thailand gives up painting. Depressed, he decides to leave his home, without any purpose and without telling his family. During his wanderings, a strange meeting occurs with a teenage girl, Marylou, left to her own devices, abandoned by her mother. Brought together by fate, a lost girl and a man at the end of their life's journey have a long journey ahead together in order to find peace of mind and find new meaning in their lives.

8. On the side of the road

Year: 2004

Country: USA

Director: Alexander Payne

A failed writer and an alcoholic high school literature teacher, Miles Raymond, takes his best friend, the famous actor Jack, on a trip to California wineries.

Jack needs to relax because he has a wedding planned in a week. Miles is the most suitable travel companion because: a) he understands wine; b) can give good advice on the steps of your divorce. The two “losers” could not imagine what awaited them ahead and how much this week would change their lives...

9. The Descendants

Year: 2011

Country: USA

Director: Alexander Payne

The main character is a wealthy Hawaiian landowner. He, along with his two daughters, makes an attempt to find his wife’s lover, sincerely believing that in this way he will save the family hearth.

Life according to Jane Austen / The Jane Austen Book Club
Year: 2007

Country: USA

Director: Robin Swicord

A young man in love and five extraordinary women join a literary club for one season to discuss six classic novels by the famous writer. As they turn to books, they realize that the emotional experiences and heartaches of the characters are not much different from their own. And the atmosphere and realities of the 21st century are similar to the version of novels.

Despite the fact that all the heroes face everyday problems in life, on the pages of the books they find parallels of human passions, love and friendship, disappointments and romantic hopes. And everyone finds the answer for themselves.

The Marigold Hotel: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Year: 2011

Country: USA

Director: John Madden

The film tells the story of a group of British pensioners who decide to “retire” to a less expensive and much more exotic India. Lured by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and looking forward to a life of pleasure and idleness, they arrive only to discover that the hotel is, in fact, a pale shadow of its former glory. But, despite the fact that the surrounding environment is far from the luxury that they imagined, their joint adventures irrevocably change each of them, and they realize that they can start living again and find love if they let go of the past...

Monamour Year: 2011

Country Russia

Director: Vyacheslav Ross

Siberia. In the taiga, in an abandoned village, an old man and his grandson are waiting for the father of a boy who is unlikely to return. The husband and wife are raising three daughters, and this is the only thing that still connects them. Having survived two Caucasian wars, the captain is trying to find his place in peaceful life. The destinies of these heroes are intertwined unexpectedly and dramatically. They need to make their choice again and again, discovering their forgotten humanity and compassion. Mercy is higher than justice.

Year: 2011

Country: France

Director: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano

After suffering in an accident, the wealthy aristocrat Philippe hires as his assistant the man least suited for the job - a young resident of the suburb of Drissa, who has just been released from prison. Despite the fact that Philippe is confined to a wheelchair, Driss manages to bring a spirit of adventure into the measured life of the aristocrat.

Substitute teacher/Detachment
Year: 2011

Country: USA

Director: Tony Kaye

Henry Barth is a substitute teacher who receives another temporary assignment. This time he must teach English language and literature in a “dysfunctional” school, where obscene language and insults towards teachers are the order of the day. The story about a short period in the life of this school is accompanied by original interviews in which Barth talks about the ingratitude and misunderstanding that teachers have to face in everyday life.

Year: 2005

Country: USA

Director: Cameron Crowe

Having lost his job and girlfriend overnight, young designer Drew Baylor plans to commit suicide. Another misfortune forces him to return to his native provincial town. During the flight, he meets the flight attendant Claire...

It's good to be quiet / The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Year: 2012

Country: USA

Director: Stephen Chbosky

The story is about Charlie, a Pittsburgh high school student who is shy and unpopular. Before our eyes, Charlie is growing up, his social circle is changing, his opinion about the world is changing.

It's Kind of a Funny Story
Year: 2010

Country: USA

Director: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

16-year-old Craig is going through a teenage crisis and tries to find help in a mental health clinic. There he accidentally ends up in an adult ward, and one of Bobby's patients soon becomes Craig's mentor and at the same time his protégé. The young man also develops a liking for one of the patients, his peer Noelle. In just five days, Craig will learn a lot about life, friendship, love and the difficulties that come with growing up.

Homework The Art of Getting By
Year: 2011

Country: USA

Director: Gavin Viesen

George is a lonely and introverted teenager who has little interest in life. He has a talent for drawing, but this gift is wasted, as is the school education of a guy who has not listened to teachers or done homework for a long time. But one day George meets a difficult girl, Sally, who shows a friendly interest in him. Over time, this relationship develops into something more, and George finds himself faced with the most important lesson of his life - a lesson of love that he simply must learn.

Where Heart Is
Year : 2000

Country: USA

Director: Matt Williams

The main character, Novalee Nation, is a typical Cinderella. She is seventeen years old, she is eight months pregnant and has life wisdom: under any circumstances, the number “five” brings misfortune. When Novalee's abusive boyfriend puts Novalee in a dilapidated car and takes her to sunny California, he dumps her at the first roadside Wal-Mart just as the cash register knocks out the change: $5.55.

The heroine will have to live between the store shelves, carefully arranging for herself a kind of apartment for the night with a bed, an alarm clock, a tape recorder - why not an advertisement in the spirit of “We have everything you need?”

One Week
Year: 2008

Country: Canada

Director: Michael McGowan

When Ben Tyler was diagnosed with cancer, he immediately rejected the small chance of a cure and began to prepare for his last journey. Crossing Canada on a motorcycle, he will find new friends, rethink a lot, and remember unfulfilled dreams. And most importantly, he will understand that you cannot find the meaning of your life without first learning to value your life.


Breakfast at Dad's

Genre: Comedy Year of release: 2015 Audience rating: ⭐️ 6.2 (KinoPoisk) Director: Maria Kravchenko Cast: Yuri Kolokolnikov, Katerina Shpitsa, Louise-Gabriela Brovina, Polina Maksimova

What is it about: a domestic comedy for family viewing about the conflict between fathers and children

Yulia lives in St. Petersburg and works as a copywriter in an advertising agency. She has a daughter, Alya, with a Muscovite, with whom she spent the night ten years ago.

The director of the company where Yulia works sends her on a business trip to Moscow in order to receive an order from a large foreign corporation, for which another advertising agency is competing. Arriving in Moscow, Yulia recognizes the director of a Moscow competitor company as Ali’s father.

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Genre: fantasy, thriller, drama Year of release: 2020 Audience rating: ⭐️ 6.2 (KinoPoisk) Director: Egor Abramenko Cast: Oksana Akinshina, Pyotr Fedorov, Fyodor Bondarchuk, Anton Vasiliev, Vitalia Kornienko

What: close contacts of the third degree with aliens at a secret USSR base.

The Soviet spacecraft Orbita 4 returns to Earth in triumph. The fact that a mysterious disaster occurred that cost the life of a crew member is hidden from the general public. The surviving cosmonaut Veshnyakov, who is being held at a secret base under the supervision of special services, is suspected of the incident.

To unravel what happened and study the cosmonaut’s condition, the head of the center, KGB Colonel Semiradov, attracts neurophysiologist Tatyana, who is about to find out that Veshnyakov brought an unknown life form from space.

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