It is not necessary for every movie to end with a bang. Every character need not be a revelation or a messiah in the time of crisis. Some stories are nothing but a tribute to the ordinary- the simple and the complicated, the giggles and tears, the failures and the little victories. What makes them extraordinary is how well they are able to communicate the best parts about the mundane things in life- the grey areas where one mostly lives. Here is the list of some unforgettable extraordinary movies about ordinary lives:
Alexander Payne is amongst those rare directors who know the craft of witty but subtle storytelling. Sideways, one of his slow paced movies about mid life crisis, is a delight. The story revolves around Miles Raymond, played by Paul Giamati and Jack Cole, played by Thomas Haden Church on their trip to Santra Barbara County Wine Country to celebrate Cole’s upcoming wedding. Giamati stands apart for the portrayal of the role of an unsuccessful writer facing his middle age while Thomas Haden Church shines as the impossible teenager trapped in a middle-aged man. The screenplay, characters and the setting compliments the loneliness, slowness and the ever questioning mid-life perfectly. You not only sympathize with Miles but also learn to laugh along with him. The best part about the story is that it still keeps the hopes alive for a new door to open.
9. Bombay Talkies
Believe me when I say this- when people have asked me to suggest good movies I have not failed to recommend these two beauties. Belonging to an anthology, short films Star directed by Dibakar Banerjee and Murabba directed by Anurag Kashyap is simply unforgettable. Star, starring Nawazuddin Sidiqque, is an adaptation of Satyajit Ray’s Patol Babu with a twist. It is a story about a failed actor who overcomes his fear of failing by simply trying. When you feel that you have understood the story, Banerjee gives you a sweet surprise. Trust me, I would not want to spoil it for you. Go find out for yourself and thank us later.