The wonderful website Spirituality and Practice.com has released its picks for the most spiritually literate films of 2011. We in Charleston will delight in the films, and they would make wonderful gifts for our loved ones – or even ourselves!
“One of the biggest surprises of the year was the large number of films dealing with our relationship with animals: dogs, a monkey, a horse, a turtle, lions, a dolphin, a parrot, and bees,” the couple writes. “Two documentaries gave us portraits of exemplary animal lovers: Buck, a horse whisperer, and Jane Goodall, a champion of African chimps.”
Here’s a small sample of their choices for best films of 2011. To see more film favorites, as well as books, visit their website here.
The Descendants (Fox Searchlight) captures the raw emotions of a family dealing with betrayal, pain, and loss and learning to draw together for love and support, leading to new and transformative connections.
Higher Ground (Sony Pictures Classics) depicts the landscape of a tight-knit spiritual community thrown off-kilter when one of their own begins to question her faith. The film tells the story of a thoughtful woman’s struggles with belief, love, and trust – in human relationships as well as in God.
The Music Never Stopped (Lionsgate) chronicles the journey of a father and son adjusting to cerebral trauma and a lifetime of missed opportunities. Through the music that embodied the generation gap of the 1960s, the film recounts their heartwarming progress.
The Tree of Life (Fox Searchlight) follows the life journey of Jack from the innocence of childhood to a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith.
The Edge of Dreaming (Lorber Films) is a bold, creative, and spiritual documentary about a rational woman’s close brush with death and the implications of that encounter upon her own, and her loving family’s, life.
David (A David the Movie Production) is a spiritual masterwork about the friendship of a Muslim and Jewish boy in Brooklyn. The film explores faith, friendship, family and the reality of being different in America.
Dolphin Tale (Warner Bros.) is a heart-warming drama about the loving relationship between a lonely boy and an injured dolphin. Inspired by the true story of a bottlenose dolphin named Winter who was rescued off the Florida coast, the film will warm your heart.
A Bird of the Air (Paladin) is a comedic and romantic story that revolves around a beautiful and talkative parrot who proves to be a miracle worker bringing together a man in search of his past and a woman who lives in the moment.