Search for a Soul-ution
respective travels: discovering her appetite for food and life, awakening her idle spirituality and while searching for life’s balance, falls in love with a gallant, free-spirited Brazilian mogul. Though the US$60mil production, now a worldwide phenomenon, is arguably overrated besides being stripped of that raw authentic feel crucial to every soul-searching story (owing to its heavy editing), Gilbert’s eagerness for life is inspiring, to say the least. Into the Wild (2007) “Rather than love, than money, than faith, than fame, than fairness, give me truth.”
The extent to which fearless, strong-willed soul-searcher Christopher McCandless goes in search of the truth, will leave your jaw gaping. Based on a true story, McCandless, in his early 20s and a top-of-the-class university graduate, leaves home one day, drives out to the Alaskan wilderness, sets a pocketful of money on fire while donating the rest of his savings (US$24,000 in total) to Oxfam International, and walks, literally, into the wild.
While I don’t recommend viewers do the same, McCandless’ life serves as a rich tapestry of thought-provoking philosophies and ideologies worth pondering upon.
While barely weathering through the rough Alaskan climate, exacerbated by a severe shortage of food, McCandless finds time to journal his soul-searching travels, offering his thoughts on life’s meaning by gleaning from a pool of great thinkers such as Thoreau, Faulkner and Twain.
Over the years, critics have argued as to whether McCandless’ journey into the wilderness was truly a life lived to the fullest, or simply one lived to the fool-est. Regardless, though we may not appreciate a walk on the same treacherous path, as depicted in this riveting biopic, we can certainly learn from his. The Bucket List (2007) The idiom “kick the bucket” takes on a whole new meaning in this part comedy, part drama played by Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. Nicholson, playing the role of a wealthy billionaire, and Freeman, starring as a modest mechanic, set out on a worldwide journey (both after being diagnosed with a terminal lung disease) to complete a list of things to do before kicking the bucket.
While their travels may not be likened to an actual soul-searching journey per se, along the way, they uncover the kind of person that they’ve come to be, and realise the things in life that matter most, particularly, family relationships.
Through its light-hearted approach to living life with reckless abandon, in light of impending death, The Bucket List serves as a great reminder to never take life for granted. The Motorcycle Diaries (2004) Life’s calling may be calling out to you in the picturesque landscapes of South America. The Motorcycle Diaries documents the adventures of Che Guevara, the renowned Marxist revolutionary, and his friend Alberto Granado, as they travel through the expanse of Latin America, ranging from Peru to Venezuela, in the span of nine months.
What starts off as purely a fun-filled adventure, turns out to be more than they ever asked for.
Throughout the journey, the two witness first-hand a series of injustices such as the isolation of lepers at San Pablo, the exploitation of miners at Chuquicamata, the discrimination held against communist followers, among others. It is through this journey that Guevara hears his life’s calling and eventually rises to the occasion.
In each of these films, runs a common thread: life truly begins when we ask for more, and by doing so, we receive simply more. For the sake of brevity, check out these other films deserving of a special mention here such as the classic 1939 Wizard Of Oz and the 2009 blockbuster Up.