Hope may be found even in the most desolate locations, as demonstrated by 2020’s events, from the coronavirus outbreak to Black Lives Matter marches and the ongoing climate disaster. These seven films can help restore your faith in humanity as communities throughout the world unite to build a better future. Here are the newest releases to look forward to, including a hilarious comedy, a heartwarming family drama, and a slew of heartbreaking dramas.
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1. For a dose of blind optimism: Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)
As the schoolteacher in Mike Leigh’s riotous comedy, Sally Hawkins is the star of the show, which follows her escapades throughout London. Even in the midst of personal and professional hardships, she continues to exude happiness—and people around her benefit greatly from it. You can find it on Amazon Prime and iTunes
2. For looking at life with childlike wonderment: Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
This touching tale of a young girl (Quvenzhané Wallis) and her father, who live in a Louisiana bayou town, combines social satire with magical realism in Benh Zeitlin’s gentle fairytale (Dwight Henry). Despite the rising floodwaters, they form a community and look to the future with hope that they will be able to survive and reconstruct their lives. In addition to Amazon Prime, the film is available on iTunes.
3. For understanding that it does get better: Boyhood (2014)
Richard Linklater’s 12-year-long coming-of-age epic follows Ellar Coltrane’s Mason (Ellar Coltrane) from childhood to college, spanning growing pains, first love, and his mother’s battle (Patricia Arquette). He grows up, discovers his true calling, and transforms into the man he always dreamed of becoming. In addition to Amazon Prime, the film is available on iTunes.
4. For finding justice in an unjust world: Capernaum (2018)
ZAIN AL RAFEEA stars in Nadine Labaki’s heartbreaking story about a Beirut street kid who runs away from home and discovers a new family. By some miracle, he sues his parents for maltreatment and gets the paperwork he needs to finally be out of poverty. Amazon Prime members can access this content.
5. For a reminder of the resilience of the human spirit: Leave No Trace (2018)
In Debra Granik’s moving survivalist tale, Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie play a father and daughter lost in the woods. With her desire to establish a home base, she eventually joins a mobile-home community that works tirelessly to help those in need. Starz has the show.
6. For the assurance that you can defy the odds: The Farewell (2019)
A writer (Awkwafina) pays a visit to her dying grandma (Zhao Shuzhen) in China in Lulu Wang’s heartwarming comedy. She prepares a family wedding while keeping her illness a secret from the matriarch, and to everyone’s surprise, she stays well. Amazon Prime members can access this content.
7. For holding on to hope at a time of crisis: Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020)
A modest hero emerges in Eliza Hittman’s sensitive portrait of adolescent Autumn (Sidney Flanigan), who travels to New York City for an abortion. She perseveres in the face of adversity, including ambivalence at home, bullying at school, and predatory individuals in the city. Amazon Prime members can access this content.