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when people are wrestling with personal difficulties or problems, they look around for
answers or clues that will help them move on. Most of us have learned that there is always
something to be gained by witnessing others or by attempting to see troubling situations
from different points of view. Certain movies often provide these experiences. Therapeutic
Cinema is a guide to some of these films.
Why can films offer these
experiences? Cinema more than any other art form has a way of drawing viewers into a
situation that, for a moment, makes them a witness and sometimes an emotional participant
to what is happening on the screen.
Movies can take us to places we would never go and quite possibly should never go in real
life. Although, by going to these places vicariously though film, we are able to
have experiences, if reflected upon, that can help us see ourselves and our problems more
clearly. This is why certain movies have the potential to be an agent of beneficial
WHAT MAKES A MOVIE A GOOD MOVIE?
A good film does more than entertain.
It promotes a reaction. A really good movie causes viewers to have an experience that will
lead them to think and to feel about themselves and about the world and, in the process,
The films that have been chosen for this site have qualities that promote an examination
of one or more important issues. Point and click the topic options listed or one of the
Feature Presentation film strips. While some of these films are uplifting, feel good
movies, many are more serious, some even discomfiting.
THERAPEUTIC CINEMA IS NOT
It is important to remember that Therapeutic
Cinema is not a substitute for psychotherapy or counseling. People who are deeply troubled
or have psychological symptoms need professional help. Movies such as those recommended
here are often good to view when one is getting help but it is important that you discuss
the films suggested with your therapist or counselor first.
movies have become classics in large part because they each reveal something important
about what it is to be human.
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