America is a land of opportunity, but not equal opportunity.
This is the poverty of places that are entirely forgotten, overlooked, or left behind.
Kieślowski’s film is about emotional liberty—the special kind that can only occur after empathy is forged through tragedy and trauma.
I can’t emphasize enough how much of an artistic genius Adams is in the way she not only makes sense of people invented on paper, but the subtle method in which she brings them to life.
While this list aims for clinical psychologists and the populations they deal with, fans of gritty dramas, black comedies, and character studies will likely enjoy these films as well.
Even in her dreams and fantasies, Diane is tortured.
Sideways is the kind of character-focused dramedy that shows you what and who is at the heart of pretension or, conversely, what and who is at the heart of someone who wants to be pretentious, but has no idea what they’re talking about.
What we may suppress when we eye-roll at an unruly 12-year-old, Cuesta remembers with a tangible empathy.
For any white person to watch this movie through a lens of colorblindness is to miss much of the deeper meaning of the film.
It’s hard for almost everyone to defy authority–no matter the consequences–when the conditions are right.