Poll: Cate Blanchett's Favorite Hope Films
Cate Blanchett shared her favorite films about hope and empathy. Which movie from her recommendations sounds the most interesting to you? Discuss here
Poll by: thenolanfan
Created Apr 25 06:34
...And the Pursuit of Happiness (1986)
Rating: 7.2 Plot: After acknowledging his own immigrant background, Malle, tries to present the range of immigrant experiences in the US during the 1980's. In an attempt to be comprehensive, the film includes interviews with migrant workers and illegal entrants along the Mexican border, conversations with an enterprising Indian motel owner, coverage of industrious African and Asian families in the cities, an extensive interview with the first Costa Rican astronaut, visits with Cuban exiles in Miami, several conversations with West Indian poet Derek Walcott, an extended portrait of the deposed Nicaraguan General Samoza (the surviving brother of Anastasio Somoza Debayle) and his extended family. The film finishes with a brief visit to the Russian Jewish community in Brooklyn, NY to tie in with the centenary of the Statue of Liberty.
The Promise (1996)
Rating: 7.8 Plot: Roger uses his son Igor to ruthlessly traffic and exploit undocumented immigrants. When one of the immigrants is killed, Igor is guilt-ridden and wants to care for the dead man's family against his father's orders.
Where Is the Friend's House? (1987)
Rating: 8.1 Plot: An 8 year old boy must return his friend's notebook he took by mistake, lest his friend be punished by expulsion from school.
News from Home (1977)
Rating: 7.5 Plot: Impersonal but beautiful images of Akerman's life in New York are combined with letters from her loving but manipulative mother, read by Akerman herself.
Rating: 7.1 Plot: A young French woman, separated from her lover, tries to find a lodging in L.A. for herself and her son.
The Joy Luck Club (1993)
Rating: 7.7 Plot: The life histories of four Asian women and their daughters reflect and guide each other.
Black Narcissus (1947)
Rating: 7.8 Plot: After opening a convent in the Himalayas, five nuns encounter conflict and tension - both with the natives and also within their own group - as they attempt to adapt to their remote, exotic surroundings.
Last Resort (2000)
Rating: 7.2 Plot: When a young Russian woman and her son leave Moscow to meet her fiancé, who fails to show up, she declares political asylum.
Rating: 8.0 Plot: A family of small-time crooks take in a child they find outside in the cold.
The Other Side of Hope (2017)
Rating: 7.2 Plot: A poker-playing restaurateur and former traveling salesman befriends a group of refugees newly arrived to Finland.
Rating: 8.4 Plot: While serving a five-year sentence for a violent crime, a 12-year-old boy sues his parents for neglect.
Human Flow (2017)
Rating: 7.0 Plot: Human Flow is director and artist Ai Weiwei's detailed and heartbreaking exploration into the global refugee crisis.
The Immigrant (2013)
Rating: 6.6 Plot: 1921. An innocent immigrant woman is tricked into a life of burlesque and vaudeville until a dazzling magician tries to save her and reunite her with her sister who is being held in the confines of Ellis Island.
Spirited Away (2001)
Rating: 8.6 Plot: During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts.
The Terminal (2004)
Rating: 7.4 Plot: An Eastern European tourist unexpectedly finds himself stranded in JFK airport, and must take up temporary residence there.
Rating: 7.4 Plot: Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.
Well-Founded Fear (2000)
Rating: 7.7 Plot: This documentary film takes us to an in-depth look at the asylum process of the federal U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). Foreigners that are already in the United States, having fled their home countries, have the opportunity to apply for asylum through the INS. If a person's case establishes a "well-founded fear" of his/her home country, the adjudicating immigration officer approves his/her asylum application. If a person's case does not quite meet up to the officer's expectation of a "well-founded fear," it is referred to an immigration judge for a decision.
First Cow (2019)
Rating: 7.2 Plot: A skilled cook has traveled west and joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon, though he only finds true connection with a Chinese immigrant also seeking his fortune. Soon the two collaborate on a successful business.
La Strada (1954)
Rating: 8.0 Plot: A care-free girl is sold to a traveling entertainer, consequently enduring physical and emotional pain along the way.
Rating: 7.2 Plot: Dheepan is a Sri Lankan Tamil warrior who flees to France and ends up working as a caretaker outside Paris.
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