Who doesn’t love movies? Sometimes, as a student, you need some kind of distraction from everyday classes, assignments and stress. We have all binge-watched Gossip Girl and The Vampire Diaries, but what about some meaningful movies? These movies are not to remind you again of homework and exams, but rather to show you the deepest and most beautiful parts of the higher education experience, which you might miss with all the partying and social activities going on.
Here are 4 of our favorite educational, eye-, heart-, and mind-opening movies.
ATTENTION – SPOILERS!!!
4. GOOD WILL HUNTING (1997)
Good Will Hunting is the wonderful story of a young man’s struggle to find his place in the world. The film becomes a thrilling journey through the rather troubled mind of a young genius. Will has a special talent, but he was born in an area with no access to a form of education for his ability, and so he goes into self-destruction. He is convicted after hitting a policeman, but thanks to a special program he gets out of prison and starts working as a clerk at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). A famous Mathematics teacher observes Will solving a problem with a high degree of difficulty written on a board, and proposes him to work in the field. We will let you watch the movie and find out what happens next.
3. THE THEORY OF EVERYTING (2014)
The Theory of Everything introduces us to the life of the physicist Stephen Hawking, starting with his student life, more precisely with the moment he meets his future wife, as the film is based on her biographical novel, “Traveling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen”.
The film presents scenes filled with warmth, delicacy, care and a lot of romance, which are the result of a long-term illness. As for the field in which the scientist conducts research, we are shown crucial moments in which he convincingly expounds his theories on the cosmos, expresses his hope that one day things will be as clear as anything that can be demonstrated in the present, and boldly supports his atheism by talking about man’s nothingness in the universe and the infinite.
Extremely beautiful and emotional from all points of view, from the terrible illness he is going through to the sacrifices that his wife makes for him, the movie makes us appreciate our health on a higher scale and at the same time it is an encouragement that even the sick can achieve unparalleled results in the academia.
2. THE BREAKFAST CLUB (1985)
The Breakfast Club is probably one of the best movies with and about teenagers in all their forms – rebellious, marginalized, popular, nerdy, but in the end we come to the conclusion that everyone is the same and everyone feels that age-specific fear, regardless of their social status in high school. A film that transforms a what seems to be a basic story into an unforgettable one. It is likely that you have already met many of the stereotypes presented in the film. We certainly did in high school and even in college. The way the five main characters interact and behave based on the different backgrounds they come from offers a new perspective on their own identity. They even manage to become friends, trying not only to debunk the stereotypes that each of them represents, but also to understand them. This way, they manage to answer the initial question proposed as an essay-topic for their detention: “Who do you think you are?”
1. DETACHMENT (2011)
Detachment is a three-week chronicle of the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students, seen through the eyes of a substitute teacher, Henry Barthes. Henry wandered from school to school, sharing his knowledge, but he never stayed long enough to form any sign of attachment. One day, Henry arrives at his next location. Upon entering this school, a secret world of emotions is awakened in him by three women. A girl named Meredith in the first period, a colleague, Ms. Madison, and a prostitute, named Erika, to whom Henry offered shelter, taking her off the streets for a while. Each of these women, like Henry, is in a life-and-death struggle to find beauty in a seemingly vicious and loveless world.
From the teacher’s point of view, the film is a real drama of the inability to change anything in the environment in which they become captive. Gradually, his purpose changes from teaching and training students to ensuring that no one suffers anything serious during class. Thus, only routine determines them to continue practicing their profession. At the same time, the drama of the students caught in a race of indifference is also exploited. The place meant to teach them and ensure a future worthy of praise becomes the place where they come with disgust. From the failure of teachers to make their classes enjoyable and to students’ repulsion, the education turns into a vicious circle. By carrying personal problems at work and accumulating frustrations from career failure, but also by not being able to convince students that their education is vital, Detachment presents the cruel reality of an educational system in a very harsh film about moral, mental and spiritual experiences.
Have you watched any of these 4 movies? Which one did you like best?