CHILD LOSS

A Beautiful Boy

Parents deal with the fact that their only son committed a mass shooting at his university before taking his own life. They move through the haze of the funeral, the reporters, and flat condolences testing their already failing marriage.

Broken Circle Breakdown

 

 

A young couple, who earlier fell in love at first sight, now deal with their religious differences after their daughter becomes seriously ill.

Gravity

 

 

A brilliant medical engineer, still grieving the death of her child, accepts a routine spacewalk. What was supposed to be a routine shuttle mission becomes a disaster. The shuttle is destroyed, and she and her partner are alone and tethered to nothing but each other.

In the Bedroom

 

 

Young man spends his high school post-grad summer as a lobster fisherman before leaving for college. A woman ten years his senior and separated from her husband, starts a relationship with the young man. His parents are divided on whether to support the relationship. After the women’s estranged husband, free on bail, breaks into the house and kills the young son, the parents’ fight over the loss.

In the Gloaming

 

 

Movie about the effects of AIDS on a family as the parents struggle with their son’s life and illness.

My Sister’s Keeper

 

 

Child is conceived via in vitro so the parents would have a genetic match/donor for a daughter who has leukemia. Family falls apart as they work through the turmoil.

Mystic River

 

 

Three young boys are playing when one it captured and raped by another man in the backseat of a car. Since the fateful day the three boys are no longer close. Flash forward 25 years, the main character’s wife dies while he serving a two year prison sentence. After release he marries again and has two children, one of whom is murdered.

Ordinary People

 

 

Complex film about the death of a son in a boating accident, the subsequent tensions between parents and the emotional problems of the remaining son.

Philomena

 

 

Based on the 2009 investigative book by BBC correspondent, film focuses on an elderly mother’s trek with British journalist to the US to find her grown son, a boy she had conceived out-of-wedlock decades earlier and been forced to put up for adoption by her Irish-Catholic family. It appears to be a wasted trip until a person comes forward and explains the truth about her son.

Rabbit Hole

 

 

Couple struggles to cope with the death of their 4-year old son who was killed by a car when he ran into the street after his dog. The mother wants to give away her son’s belongings and sell the house, the father wants to stay and have another child.

Reign Over Me

 

 

Melodrama about two men who meet after long break in friendship. One of them has lost his wife and three daughters on 9/11 and he has isolated himself since. The other tries to help him return to the world and in the process, he renews his own relationship with his wife and family.

Steel Magnolias

 

 

Revolving around a beauty parlor in a small town in modern-day Louisiana, film is story of a close-knit circle of friends whose lives are filled with humor and heartbreak. After one of the woman buries her 27-year old daughter, one of the five tells her that her daughter is now with God. The mother explodes.

Terms of Endearment

 

 

A widowed mother and fatherless daughter develop love-hate relationship as the daughter grows up. The film follows their searches for romantic love to the day when the 30 year old daughter is diagnosed with cancer. So begins a tense bedside vigil as they argue over who will raise the children.

The Laramie Project

 

 

Laramie, WY is a small town that was put on the map in 1998 when a gay college student was found tied to a fence, brutally beaten, and left to die. A national debate regarding hate crimes and homophobia was started as a result of the death. Film adaption of the play in which Laramie residents express their thoughts and opinions regarding the death.

Still Walking

 

 

Drama unfolds over the course of a single summer day as the Yokoyama family gathers for a rare reunion to commemorate the death of a drowned in a tragic accident 15 years earlier. As the festive gathering commences and a lavish meal is prepared, it gradually becomes obvious that resentment and sorrow bonds this family as powerfully as does love.

The Sweet Hereafter

 

 

Small community is torn apart by a tragic accident which kills most of the town’s children. An ambulance-chasing lawyer visits the victims’ parents and stirs up a class action lawsuit against anyone they can blame. Things steadily spiral downhill until one young girl, who is in a wheelchair after the accident, finds the courage to lead everyone toward healing.

Taking Chance

 

 

True story of Marine who volunteered to escort the remains of a nineteen year old soldier killed in Iraq to his small hometown in remote Wyoming.

The Way

 

 

An American father goes to France to retrieve the body of his adult son who died while walking the Camino de Santiago trail in the Pyrenees in Spain. After walking the ancient spiritual trail himself, he decides to spread the son’s ashes along the trail instead of bringing them back to US.

 

FRIEND LOSS

Beaches

Childhood best friends live through decades of competition, jealousy and conflict until one of them is diagnosed with a terminal disease and dies leaving the gift of her daughter for her friend to raise.

GENERAL

Manchester By The Sea

Kenneth Lonergan, director of You Can Count On Me, gets stupendous performances from all concerned in this affecting drama about a man coping with tragedy. Casey Affleck has to go back to his home town to take care of his nephew (Lucas Hedges) but the past lies in wait.

Critic reviews
Kenneth Lonergan, a brilliant playwright and a sought-after script doctor, is a master of the quotidian absurd. A. O. Scott, The NYTimes

Wonderfully acted and deeply felt, Manchester by the Sea is also a difficult movie in every way. Paul Asay, Plugged In

Kenneth Lonergan’s beautifully textured, richly enveloping drama about how a death in the family forces a small-town New Englander to confront a past tragedy anew. Justin Chang, Variety

“Manchester by the Sea” is about who we bury. And what we don’t. Stephen Whitty, New York Daily News

Manchester by the Sea goes on to be a fantastic meditation on the long tail of trauma, but one that doesn’t wallow needlessly. David Sims, The Atlantic

Masterfully told and beautifully acted, Manchester By The Sea is a shattering yet graceful elegy of loss and grief. Phil De Semlyen, Empire

Affleck proves he can convey suffering as well as any actor alive. His trebly voice is cracked with pain. He comes with his own chill fog. David Edelstin, Vulture

Kenneth Lonergan’s third feature as a writer-director is a drama of surpassing beauty, and Casey Affleck’s portrayal of the janitor, Lee Chandler, is stripped-back perfection. Joe Moregensterm, Wall Street Journal

Moonlight

 

 

From Wikipedia:
Moonlight is a 2016 American coming-of-age drama film written and directed by Barry Jenkins, based on Tarell Alvin McCraney’s unpublished semi-autobiographical play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue. It stars Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe, Ashton Sanders, Jharrel Jerome, Naomie Harris, and Mahershala Ali.
The film presents three stages in the life of the main character. It explores the difficulties he faces with his own sexuality and identity, including the physical and emotional abuse he receives as a result of it. Filmed in Miami, Florida, beginning in 2015, Moonlight premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on September 2, 2016. Distributed by A24, the film was released in the United States on October 21, 2016, and has grossed over $65 million worldwide against a $1.5 million budget.
Moonlight received critical acclaim upon its release. At the 74th Golden Globe Awards it won Best Motion Picture – Drama and was nominated in five other categories. The film won the Academy Award for Best Picture, along with Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali and Best Adapted Screenplay for Jenkins and McCraney, from a total of eight nominations.
Moonlight became the first film with an all-black cast, the first LGBT film, and the second lowest-grossing film domestically (behind The Hurt Locker) to win the Best Picture award. The film’s editor, Joi McMillon, became the first black woman to be nominated for an editing Oscar (alongside co-editor Nat Sanders), and Ali became the first Muslim to win an acting Oscar.

New York Times Article: Moonlight is this year’s Best Movie
https://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/21/movies/moonlight-review.html

Critic reviews
Moonlight, as mesmerizing as the movie is, isn’t just filled with problematic content: It gives us a message counter to what we believe God tells us. – Paul Asay, Plugged In

Perhaps the most beautiful thing about Moonlight is its open-endedness, its resistance to easy summary or categorization. Full review – A. O. Scott, The New York Times

It’s difficult to distill the power, grace, and grit that make this drama so unforgettable. S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media

Barry Jenkins’s new film somehow manages to feel grand and intricate in the same moment, weaving random memories and crucial life experiences into a gripping tapestry. David Sims, The Atlantic

A socially conscious work of art as essential as it is insightful. Peter Debruge, Variety

Chiron emerges as the most touching exemplar of the film’s nuanced perspective, as he grapples with the layers of his own identity as an African American man who happens to be gay. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

Director Barry Jenkins has created a sublime, novelistic work of art by employing the specific in pursuit of the universal: Few will walk away from “Moonlight” untouched by its message. John Anderson, The Wall Street Journal

Hype would bruise Barry Jenkins’s Moonlight, which is so delicate in its touch that the usual superlatives sound unusually shrill. It’s the gentlest, most suggestive of great films. David Edelstein, Vulture

Inside Out

 

 

Excerpt from review: Mindful Magazine

Probably the most remarkable part of the movie is its existence as a film that focuses on emotions. As long as more than a modicum of scientific integrity exists, what’s important is that an illustration of the concept of emotion can now impact the dialogue we have with our children.

If children learn earlier on to embrace the way they feel, and that it’s crucial to feel all of their emotions, we can hope to see more adjusted adolescents and adults. Really, though, animation aside, this movie’s target audience is feasibly all of humanity. Why? Because to have the language to talk about our emotions, in all of their iterations, is to be empowered with an ability to learn from them, to respond to them with the utmost of compassion, and approach them with less judgment.

​To read full review:​

http://www.mindful.org/five-things-pixars-inside-out-teaches-us-about-emotions/?utm_source=Mindful+Newsletter&utm_campaign=3092bd9fa4-MF_Weekly_Newsletter_August_48_4_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6d03e8c02c-3092bd9fa4-21514925

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Anyone who buys a ticket to a film called Me and Earl and the Dying Girl goes in fully expecting to cry. Its sort of a given. The surprise, then, is the laughter.
Peter Debruge·Variety
The film is touching and small, but also thoughtful and assured in a way that lingers after the inevitable tears have been shed and the obvious lessons learned.
A. O. Scott·New York Times
The film is so comfortable with its chunks of gold it doesn’t mind not spending them all.
John DeFore·Hollywood Reporter
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl deserves to be the summer’s sleeper hit. It’s that sharply funny, touching and vital.
Peter Travers·Rolling Stone
>> Book also available on Amazon.com: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Movie Tie-in Edition)

Five People You Meet in Heaven

An elderly maintenance man, who has spent his life repairing the rides in an amusement park, grieves the loss of his wife until the day he is killed trying to save a young girl’s life. He’s greeted in the afterlife by five people he knew while alive, who explain to him the key moments in his life, and what he could learn from them.

The Big Chill

Comedy-drama. Couple who are struggling to keep their marriage together put their relationship on hold in order to open their house to former college pals who are coming together for the funeral of a man who was part of their original group. The weekend together causes each of them to examine their own lives.

Tuesdays with Morrie

A successful newspaper columnist who is emotionally and spiritually bankrupt comes across an episode of the news show Nightline and learns that his former university professor is battling ALS—better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. At first, he is reluctant to visit his former mentor since he had failed to fulfill the promise to stay in touch. He eventually overcomes his uneasiness and the two begin to meet on a weekly basis as he re-assumes the role of the professor’s student.

Gone from My Sight – Barbara Karnes, RN

Barbara Karnes has dedicated the last 35 years of her life to the education, care and comforting of dying people and their loved ones, and the most useful things she’s learned along the way have been distilled into her books and videos.

Barbara Karnes is a Registered Nurse and author who noticed, after her experience at the bedside of hundreds of people before they died, that each death she witnessed was following an almost identical script. Each person was going through the same thing. And most families had the same questions.

PARENT LOSS

Big Fish

Young man holds bedside vigil for his elderly father—a man he had not known except through the legends he had heard from others. As the father dies he talks about his elaborate youth. Doubting his father’s stories, the son journeys to find someone who would tell him the truth about his father’s younger years.

Corrina, Corrina

 

 

Comedy-drama. Songwriter’s wife dies leaving him a broken man who buries himself in work rather than grieve. Realizing he and his daughter need help, he places an ad for a maid who can double as a nanny. After a long series of unsuitable applicants, dad meets a woman who isn’t much on cooking and cleaning but who makes an immediate connection with his daughter.

Da

 

 

Irish/ American playwright living in New York tries to escape the influence of his deceased adoptive father. Instead he is confronted by ghosts of his father and mother, as well as himself as an adolescent. He finally realizes his success was actually driven by the failures of his adopted father.

Incredibly Loud and Incredibly Close

 

 

Young son is convinced his father, who died in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, has left a hidden message for him somewhere in NYC. He begins searching the five Burroughs for a lock that fits a mysterious key he found in his father’s closet.

Life as a House

 

 

A down-and-out architect draws disapproval as he sets out to change his life—only to discover he has terminal cancer. Attempting to reconnect with his estranged wife and troubled son, he keeps the diagnosis to himself and spends his last summer building his dream home with his son.

Step-Mom

 

 

Mother is diagnosed with terminal lymphoma as her ex-husband and girlfriend plan on marrying. The family dynamic start to change as the two women establish a shaky truce and finally bond, as the mother accepts the fact that the girlfriend will become her children’s step-mother.

Tender Mercies

 

 

Alcoholic country music singer finds himself working at a gas station where widow and son are coping with the death of the husband/father killed in the Vietnam War.

The Boys Are Back

 

 

Successful sports journalist, who had never taken life seriously, assumes responsibility for raising two sons from different marriages after his wife unexpectedly dies. One son from a previous marriage returns to live with his father and step-brother and, in frustration, the grieving father throws the rules out the window.

The Descendants

 

 

Attorney and children suffer the slow death of wife/mother after a boating accident has put her in the hospital with a coma. Father learns that his wife was having an affair and planned on divorcing him. He and the kids set out to find the lover without really knowing what they will do once they find him.

The Secret Life of Bees

 

 

A 14-year-old in a small Southern town in the 1960’s becomes haunted by memories of shooting her mother when she was a young girl. Living with an emotionally distant father and her African-American housekeeper she runs away to find the place where the only picture she has of her mother was taken.

Two Weeks

 

 

Four adult siblings meet at house to be with their dying mother. They expect to visit and leave quickly but end up having to spend two weeks together.

We Bought the Zoo

 

 

True and amazing story about a single dad who decides his family needs a fresh start, so he and his two children move to a zoo.

SPOUSAL/PARTNER LOSS

A Single Man

A Brit teaching English at a California college is so distraught after his gay partner’s death from AIDS that he decids to kill himself. Throughout his methodical preparations, he repeatedly runs into people who offer him glimpses of why he should stay alive.

Corrina, Corrina

 

 

Comedy-drama. Songwriter’s wife dies leaving him a broken man who buries himself in work rather than grieve. Realizing he and his daughter need help, he places an ad for a maid who can double as a nanny. After a long series of unsuitable applicants, dad meets a woman who isn’t much on cooking and cleaning but who makes an immediate connection with his daughter.

Meet Joe Black

 

 

A powerful wealthy man oversees a worldwide media empire while coping with the loss of his beloved wife. At a 65th birthday party he has a heart attack and is visited by an angel of death named Joe Black. Much to the man’s surprise he doesn’t want to die. The rest of the movie is about the two men striking a bizarre deal.

Message in a Bottle

 

 

A mother goes on a vacation by herself while her son visits his father. Running on the beach, she finds a bottle washed up on the shore. She opens it and finds a love letter inside. Captivated by the author’s words of love, she returns to her job at the newspaper and eventually locates the man who is trying to survive the tragic death of his beloved wife.

Moonlight Mile

 

 

Romantic drama set in a Massachusetts town in the early ’70s. While the protagonist mourns the death of his fiancée, he moves in with her parents so he can cancel the wedding plans. In a surprising twist he connects to a woman whose husband is missing in action.

My Life

 

 

Terminally ill husband prepares for his death from kidney cancer as his pregnant wife prepares to have their first baby. The father starts to make home movies to be shown to his son after his death.

PS I love you

 

 

A young woman copes with her husband’s sudden death from a brain tumor by withdrawing from everyone—until a surprise 30th birthday party is given to her by family and friends. A cake is delivered, and with it is a message from her deceased husband. The message turns out to the first of many meaningful messages he wrote before his death—all ending with “P.S. I Love You.”

Reign Over Me

 

 

Melodrama about two men who meet after long break in friendship. One of them has lost his wife and three daughters on 9/11 and he has isolated himself since. The other tries to help him return to the world and in the process, he renews his own relationship with his wife and family.

Shadowlands

 

 

A isolated British bachelor lives in his world of philosophy and religion until an intelligent American female poet, fleeing an abusive marriage, arrives with her young son for a visit. The novelist agrees to a platonic marriage so the woman can obtain British citizenship. Shortly thereafter the woman is diagnosed with terminal illness and the relationship becomes a true commitment.

Shipping News

 

 

An emotionally drained newspaper reporter is in a bad marriage with a woman who tries to sell their daughter into adoption before the mother is killed in a car wreck. After the death the father takes his daughter to Newfoundland, his ancestral home, and starts to rebuild his life by getting a job as shipping columnist for the local newspaper.

Still Mine

 

 

“Still Mine” is a wonderful film based on the true story of a long-married couple who face the delicate subject of aging and dementia with a steady intent to buck the system and stay together as long as possible. The acting is superb and the movie ends prior to what will be an inevitable reality. Truly inspirational.

Read: New York Times Review

Tender Mercies

 

 

Alcoholic country music singer finds himself working at a gas station where widow and son are coping with the death of the husband/father killed in the Vietnam War.

The Boys Are Back

 

 

Successful sports journalist, who had never taken life seriously, assumes responsibility for raising two sons from different marriages after his wife unexpectedly dies. One son from a previous marriage returns to live with his father and step-brother and, in frustration, the grieving father throws the rules out the window.

The Descendants

 

 

Attorney and children suffer the slow death of wife/mother after a boating accident puts her in the hospital with a coma. Father learns that his wife was having an affair and planned on divorcing him. He and the kids set out to find the lover without really knowing what they will do once they find him.

The Intouchables

 

 

Comedy about a wealthy man’s ability to accept the death of his wife and his later permanent disability as a result of a paragliding accident. A renewed interest in life develops as a result of his relationship with an unemployed caregiver from the wrong side of the tracks. A true story, the film is the highest grossing French film in history.

Up

 

 

Animated. Good for all ages. Elderly couple turns a ramshackle house into their dream home while saving for a trip to the legendary Paradise Falls. Real life gets in the way and his wife dies. Having made his

living being a balloon man, the old man decides to suspend the house from helium-filled balloons and find Paradise Falls. Much to his surprise he has a Wilderness Explorer scout as a stowaway.

We Bought the Zoo

 

 

True and amazing story about a single dad who decides his family needs a fresh start, so he and his two children move to a zoo.[/su_tab]

Grades 5-8

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Anyone who buys a ticket to a film called Me and Earl and the Dying Girl goes in fully expecting to cry. Its sort of a given. The surprise, then, is the laughter.
Peter Debruge·Variety
The film is touching and small, but also thoughtful and assured in a way that lingers after the inevitable tears have been shed and the obvious lessons learned.
A. O. Scott·New York Times
The film is so comfortable with its chunks of gold it doesn’t mind not spending them all.
John DeFore·Hollywood Reporter
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl deserves to be the summer’s sleeper hit. It’s that sharply funny, touching and vital.
Peter Travers·Rolling Stone
>> Book also available on Amazon.com: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Movie Tie-in Edition)
Because of Winn Dixie

 

 

Beetlejuice

Clara’s Heart

Ever After

Dead Poet’s Society

Finding Forrester

Forrest Gump

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Life as a House

Marvin’s Room

Remember the Titans

Sarah, Plain and Tall

The Learning Tree

Untamed Heart

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Anyone who buys a ticket to a film called Me and Earl and the Dying Girl goes in fully expecting to cry. Its sort of a given. The surprise, then, is the laughter.
Peter Debruge·Variety
The film is touching and small, but also thoughtful and assured in a way that lingers after the inevitable tears have been shed and the obvious lessons learned.
A. O. Scott·New York Times
The film is so comfortable with its chunks of gold it doesn’t mind not spending them all.
John DeFore·Hollywood Reporter
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl deserves to be the summer’s sleeper hit. It’s that sharply funny, touching and vital.
Peter Travers·Rolling Stone
>> Book also available on Amazon.com: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Movie Tie-in Edition)