Still in the euphoria of International Book Day, let’s celebrate written works that in fact have an effect on adding insight and changing the way we act, aka contributing to shaping ourselves into a better version. And as we know, many inspirational films were born from the adaptation of evocative books.
- The Help
the film The Help is based on the novel of the same name by Kathryn Stockett. Not only is the story set about racial inequality in American history, but this film addresses the struggles of women of all colors to achieve their dreams.
Without fear but vigilance, Aibileen (Viola Davis), Skeeter (Emma Stone), Minny (Octavia Spencer) together learn to live dreams even though they live in limited space to move.
- The Little Prince
Thanks to the values of living in adulthood that is passed through relatable by each individual, which is then reflected by the character Little Prince. Then in 2015 where director Mark Osborne packed it into a 3D animated film. The film The Little Prince infuses the plot of a woman who becomes a hero in saving back the passion of the Little Prince’s dream. Namely, not to stop being yourself when you grow up, to continue exploring the world using eyes full of curiosity and imagination like a child, in order to continue working and creating according to your heart.
- Life of Pi
equally impressive is the adaptation of the story in the novel into a visualization on the big screen that remains authentic.
Especially when watching it (with a lot of sighs because the storyline is full of emotional highs. This film spreads positive messages in living life through the mutual respect of a human and a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker who survived when he was adrift in the vast ocean. The strongest inspirational message is about how forgiveness is the right thing, and that managing perspective when dealing with situations is crucial. In essence, we are taught to come to terms with all situations, good and bad, and continue living in the present and future.
Based on a non-fiction book entitled A Long Way Home which tells the story of Saroo Brierley’s expedition to find his real family in India, Lion becomes a biopic film full of emotional turbulence. Especially because the director, Garth Davis, managed to expose the storyline of the book which is full of inner emptiness of one’s cultural identity.
This film tells the story of Saroo (Dev Patel) who ends up being adopted by an Australian domicile couple (Nicole Kidman and David Wenham) at the age of five, since being separated from his family in his hometown, India. He also grew up with Australian culture, until he finally felt an emptiness in his mind when he entered college.
He also embarks on an expedition to find the roots of his identity in India, and inspirational messages about identity start to spark emotions.
- Still Alice
The film that made the main character Julianne Moore won many awards (one of which was an Oscar to a Golden Globe) for the title of Best Actress, succeeded in touching the audience’s emotions and inspiring us through the struggle of someone – as well as the family as the support system – in dealing with Alzheimer’s disease.
The film, which was produced by director Wash Westmoreland and the late Richard Glatzer (who was diagnosed with ALS while working on this film), is the adaptation of a book of the same name by Lisa Genova.
Not only is the film production process a clear example of a person being able to work without limits, but this story also explores the significance of the role of the family as the best support system in a relationship. Because Lisa also wrote this book based on her life experiences connected with her grandmother who had a similar disease.
Through this film, we can learn the importance of a support system from our closest circle, to become a better version in dealing with self struggling, and to become a form of help for those we love.