Watching movies is one of the best family bonding times one could wish for. It gets even better when we can appreciate well written stories about how important these moments with loved ones are for us.
To celebrate Mother’s Day, we selected a few titles to help you navigate to some of those stories. However, we added very special films that include a few spoons of either adventures or simply amazing landscapes to inspire the inner traveler in all of us.
In on special order of rating or release date, here are some awesome movies you can watch on this Mother’s Day.
1. The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
Directed by Wes Anderson, The Darjeeling Limited has all the elements of family bonding and travel you could wish for. The movie presents us with the story of three brothers — Francis, Peter, and Jack — and their train trip across India
Throughout their journey, they will learn a lot about the local culture. The many different flavors from the Indian culture, its people, and how plural and colorful its culture is. However, it is during the most intimate times, inside the closed cabins of the train, that the brothers will learn about themselves and the importance of loving each other as one family.
“I love the way this country smells. I’ll never forget it. It’s kind of spicy.” — Peter
If you have ever been overseas in a country you haven’t completely mastered the language, trying to decipher its secrets, and explore its routes and paths, hoping to come out with a stronger sense of who you are and what you want for life, this movie is for you.
A strong element of motherhood appears later in the story but you will have to watch it until the end to find out. Enjoy the ride!
2. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
How about a cross-country trip on a yellow van with a supportive mom, your oddly silent brother, and some other crazy members of the family? Yeah, I know, we all have been there but if this doesn’t sound normal to you it is because you are yet to see Little Miss Sunshine.
In this movie, directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, we meet Olive, a little girl who always wanted to participate in a beauty contest. With a little push from her family, she will ride through the country to compete against other girls, while learning on the road what really matters in this life.
“There’s two kinds of people in this world, there’s winners and there’s losers. Okay, you know what the difference is? Winners don’t give up.” — Richard
3. The Guilt Trip (2012)
In a classic mother and son relationship, Barbra Streisand shines as Joyce Brewster, the mother of Andrew Brewster, played by Seth Rogen, an organic chemist and inventor who struggles to introduce a new environmentally friendly product on the market, but is never successful with his pitches.
After a few failures, he decides to do a quick stop at his mom’s house. She then reveals to him he was named after one of hers longtime crushes. Andrew finds out the man is still alive and invites his mom on a road trip from New Jersey to San Francisco, with the excuse of spending more time with her.
The Guilt Trip ends up being a journey where the two will learn a lot about each other and themselves, in a heartwarming and unforgettable family trip.
“I wasn’t meant to be with Andy Margolis. You see? I was meant to meet him, but I was meant to marry your father. Because if I hadn’t, I wouldn’t have had you. Don’t you see, Andy? It was always you. You’re the love of my life, baby. It will always be you.” — Joyce Brewster
4. Brave (2012)
The only animation on our list, Brave is a Pixar movie with a strong family theme in it. It’s main character, Princess Merida, is a strong girl who is passionate about archery. Her father, one of the kings in medieval Scotland, needs to keep the local tradition alive and offer his daughter’s hand to the bravest warrior he can find in other tribes, to unite the clans and strengthen their castles and kingdoms.
However, Merida has other plans, and she is willing to risk it all to have full control of her own destiny. The temptations of changing her fate leads her to a witch who promises a new life for her, but she will learn the hard way to always be careful with what you wish for.
“There are those who say fate is something beyond our command. That destiny is not our own, but I know better. Our fate lives within us, you only have to be brave enough to see it.” — Princess Merida
Set in the beautiful Highlands surrounded by gorgeous forests, the story of Brave takes us on a journey into the wild but with strong family ties connecting every path. A truly magical tale.
5. The Sound of Music (1965)
Last but not least, is one of the greatest classics the world has even seen. Released in 1965, The Sound of Music was directed by Robert Wise, and it is the classic story of how family love can fight for good and change everything.
Starring Julie Andrews as Maria, the movie takes us on a flight through the mountains of Austria, where the grass is so green and the flowers so beautiful, it all looks like a wonderful dream.
There we meet the Von Trapp family, including Captain Von Trapp, the father and window, and all his seven children: Liesl, Friedrich, Louisa, Kurt, Brigitta, Marta, and Gretl — all ranging between the ages of 5 and 16 years old.
“My fellow Austrians, I shall not be seeing you again perhaps for a very long time. I would like to sing for you now… a love song. I know you share this love. I pray that you will never let it die.” — Captain Von Trapp
Captain’s military background is constantly telling him that keeping all the boys and girls in the house in order is a must. However, it is through the soft and loving heart of Maria they learn the real meaning of respect, discipline, and freedom.
If lovely songs, beautiful scenery, and wonderful family stories are a few of your favourite things, The Sound of Music is a perfect movie for this Sunday.
Enjoy your Mother’s Day with movies and much love!
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