Films are a gift to us mankind. They make us feel. Films allow us to feel different emotions such as sad, angry, disgust, happiness, love. When we see our underdogs go through a certain situation but still take on extraordinary goals, despite difficulties, we relate to them. In this modern era, everyone is having a tough time keeping their neck up in the competition of life, therefore, these films motivate them to keep going. These films inspire us and motivate us to not let go of them.
Following are some truly inspirational and iconic films set in adversities.
1. Life Is Beautiful
A Jewish- Italian waiter, Guido Orefice meets a beautiful schoolteacher, Dora, and falls in love with her. He wins her over with his charm and humor. The couple is happily married with a child, Giosue. Their happiness gets instantaneously comes to rest when Giosue and Guido get separated from Dora. Giosue and Guido are taken to a concentration camp. The story moves forward in a determination of Guido making Guido sheltering from the horrors of the camp and assuring Giosue of getting out of the camp soon.
Roberto Benigni’s Life is Beautiful, portrays the true meaning of happiness in the toughest times of life. The film shows a glimpse of the horrible holocaust and in spite of facing difficulties, the family strives for their happiness. It displays hope and imagination.
2. Schindler’s List
In order to make his fortune in World WarII, businessman Oskar Schindler arrives Krakow. He staffs his factory with Jewish staff after joining the Nazi party for his political expediency. When SS starts getting rid of Jewish in the Krakow ghetto, Schindler starts planning to protect his workers, but little did he know he is also saving innocent lives.
Steven Speilberg’s Schindler’s List illustrates the nightmarish holocaust. It has re-created the dark and frightening period of World War II. The story brings out the humanity wrapped up in business at the time of war. The film does not fail to end up in tears.
3. The Pursuit Of Happyness
Single father Chris Gardner has a young son, Christopher Jr. Both struggles in their life as they get dislodged from their apartment. They find themselves nowhere to go. After too much scramble, Chris lands a job as an intern at a brokerage firm. However, the money at his position is no good. Both father and son go through despairs of life. Nonetheless, Christ refuses to give up and struggles to create a better life for his son.
Gabriele Muccino’s The Pursuit Of Happyness is the strong portrait of a single man raising his son with love and knowledge. The central message of the film is persistence and passion that guarantee success in life. The film is a perfect example of the strong bondage a father and son form to face the world alone.
4. The Pianist
A Polish Jewish radio station pianist, Wladyslaw Szpilman witnesses Warsaw change moderately after Worl War II begins. The war gets intense, Szpilman is forced into the Warsaw Ghetto. Later he is separated from his family after Operation Reinhard takes place. From this time, Wladyslaw hides in various ruined places of Warsaw till the prisoners are released from the concentration camp.
Roman Polanski’s The Pianist is an adaptation of the autobiography “The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man’s Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945”. The film shows the survival of a man against oppression. Yet the redemptive power of music makes the film transcended. He proves himself as a keeper of a priceless cultural tradition into flesh. Besides being motivational, the film is also a musical marvel.