Les Misérables (2012)  

Although it’s a musical, and not everybody is crazy about them (me included), this was the best movie I’ve seen in 2012. I never regretted for a minute to have watched it. All you have to do is get past that preconception that you might have about musicals…And another thing, you will need a big box of tissues, because you might cry non-stop for about 2 hours….or at least, that’s what I did. It will touch your soul, even if you are not a really sensible person.

The actors are very good, you will even forget you are watching a musical and that it’s not a real-life situation. A lot of big names are involved:  Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne, Amanda Seyfried.

This musical has, as the original source, the novel with the same name, written by Victor Hugo. I have never read it, but it’s a classic and I understand that it’s also very good, sad and dramatic. And as a side note, it’s also one of the longest novels in European literature…which might explain why many people didn’t read it yet.. 🙂

The Green Mile (1999)

The first names on the casting list are: Tom Hanks (who everybody knows) and Michael Clarke Duncan, whose name doesn’t really ring a bell (for me at least). But after this movie, you won’t forget him. Michael Clarke Duncan was nominated for and also won some awards for his performance in this movie. Sadly, he died in 2012, from respiratory failure. He was 54 years old. Nevertheless, you will be impressed with his performance in this movie and you might also be very moved by the whole experience.

The movie centers around the lives of the guards and of some of the inmates that are on Death Row. Tom Hanks plays one of the guards, while Michael Clarke Duncan plays an inmate accused of child murder and rape. As you watch this movie, you will find yourself caring for both and empathizing with them and the situations they find themselves in. For this reason, as you get more attached to the people you see in this movie, it will become more and more moving, dramatic, and the more you continue to watch it, the more you might need to cry… As you might be surrounded by people and you will try to hold back your tears…maybe it’s a good idea to see this movie at home.

The Thorn Birds (1983) – mini series

Based on the best-selling novel of Colleen McCullough, this mini series has won 4 Golden Globes (among other wins and nominations). The main idea of the movie is based on forbidden love: a love between a young woman and a Catholic priest.

Starring Richard Chamberlain, Rachel Ward, Christopher Plummer, it is a very moving creation. It touches a lot of subjects like: motherly love, family values, church rules, ambitions and pride, love of money, of God, of people and of ones-self.

The Theory of Everything (2014)

A movie about the life of Stephen Hawking and his relationship with his wife, Jane Wilde. This film is moving not only because of the whole story it tells, and all the good and dramatic acting of everybody involved, but also because it is based on true events/people.

Eddie Redmayne was chosen for the lead role, which was the best choice ever. As you watch the movie, you start seeing him as the real Stephen Hawking, he impersonates him so good that you forget you’re just watching a movie, and not the real thing.

Somewhere in Time (2014)

Christopher Reeve, also known as Superman, and Jane Seymour, also known as Dr. Quinn, fall in love in this fantasy movie. As the title also tells you, they meet somewhere in time and their story is very emotional and touching, but no spoilers for now. You’ll just have to see it for yourself.

 

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