10 movies where the characters reflect on LIFE and death



Thinking about life and death is something constant in our lives. Due to the many conflicts we go through along our trajectory here on Earth, there are times when we stop to think about who we are, where we want to go and also how far we can go. Thinking about this existentialist question, below we separate a list where very different characters seek their thoughts. Here are 10 films where the characters reflect on life and death:

If I stay

In the plot, we know the story of Mia Hall (Chloë Grace Moretz), a young and talented musician who lives a happy life with her family and the great love of her life, Adam (Jamie Blackley). Everything was going well, until one snowy day on the road, a terrible accident happened and catastrophic unfair consequences hit this young woman. With the use of flashbacks, we get to know all the great moments in Mia’s life, right up to the moment of the final decision she has to make.

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In the plot, we meet Mina (Maryam Moqadam), a woman who works in a dairy, mother of a deaf girl who is widowed after her husband’s arrest and death sentence in Iran. A year passes and in search of solutions to her present, now single and with a young daughter, ends up discovering that her husband was innocent in the process who was convicted. Seeking to understand her rights for the error committed by Iranian justice, she ends up suffering from certain conflicts that take place. Until the day Reza (Alireza Sani Far) shows up on her doorstep, she doesn’t know but he is someone who is sorry for a sentence spoken.

Maggie – The Metamorphosis

The plot follows the saga of Farmer Wade (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a man in his fifties who roams a city infested with virus infections in search of his daughter Maggie (Abigail Breslin ). After two weeks, he finds her, infected, in a hospital. Government policy regarding the treatment of the virus is to quarantine all humans who are infected. With the help of a family doctor, Wade manages to bring Maggie home, but he knows that once the virus takes control of Maggie, he will have to make a decision about what to do with her. spell.

Too late


In the plot, a middle-class American family is devastated by the news that their son has died in a university bombing. To make matters worse, they are warned that their own son has committed such an act, causing incalculable suffering.

Death congratulates you

In the plot, directed by Californian filmmaker Christopher Landon, we follow the futile and selfless Tree, a graduate student who sees the unusual happen in her life when the same day repeats itself over and over again, and the worst: she dies at the end of each night. Wanting to discover a magic formula to see if she wakes up the next day, she sets out to investigate her own future murder with the help of her new friend Carter.

The boat

Based on real events, the Mexican feature film tells the story of Miguel (Pablo Cruz), a depressed radio host, who has a program for children, who lives a real existential crisis spending his days without thinking about his future and facing perform their professional duties only out of obligation. Everything changes in his life when, while he is on the air, he receives a call from a child saying that he would like to fulfill his dream of seeing the sea, only this child has terminal cancer and lives in a hospital. The story moves with the protagonist who decides to reshape his whole life to finally fulfill the dream of the little listener.

the porcupine

Every happy family is the same, but every unhappy family is unique. Written and directed by French filmmaker Mona Achache, with a screenplay based on L’Elegance du hérisson by Muriel Barbery, O Porco Espinho, released in 2009, is a beautiful film that uses several counterpoints to make us see a whole context under the perspective of two loners (each in their own way): a super-smart young woman who is determined to kill herself and a lone guardian who is an avid reader. Dialogues around books, existential questions, stressful daily life, impossible not to smile and also not to be heartbroken after watching this beautiful work which says a lot about friendship and hope.


Nominated for the Cannes Un Certain Regard Festival, this beautiful book straight from Singapore explores a subject of debate in many countries where the death penalty exists. The question of the conscience of the acts accomplished, perfectly personified in the figure of Rahim, is at the center of the discussions, in particular in the verbal confrontations and the ideas on the role of the executioner and the rights on the question of the doubt. The film navigates a giant dramatic load.

A new chance to love

In the plot, we meet interior designer Nikki (Annette Bening), a woman who has suffered for years from the untimely death of her husband in a drowning on a beach in Mexico. The years go by and Nikki’s life cannot evolve, everything around her reminds her of all the love she had for her husband. One day he decides to go to a museum and there, surprisingly, he meets Tom (Ed Harris) who bears an absurd resemblance to his ex. Not knowing how to handle this unusual situation, he decides to embark on an idyll, which looks more like a love triangle, which will change the way he sees his life.

Tom’s notebook

In the plot, we meet a woman in her early 40s (played by great Argentine actress Valeria Bertuccelli) who is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Her husband (Esteban Lamothe), always by her side, does everything to make sure she is well in her last days in a hospital room. One day, fleeing a depressive situation because of her situation, she decides to write a diary addressed to her young son, on each page she writes she tells her experience of being there but also all her wishes for her future. . In addition to the newspaper, she decides to tweet about her routine and ends up unwittingly becoming famous by appearing in newspapers and appearing on television.

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