10 Extraordinary Movies About Ordinary Lives

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:


10. Sideways

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.

Anurag Basu indeed proves again to be a master of storytelling in Murabba. For once, he is not the smart, risk-taking, bold film maker but yes, he still wants to overwhelm you. This time he does not want to be loud but sticks to the sweet symphonies of life. Behold the acting! Vineet Kumar Singh is irresistible as Vijay fulfilling his last wish of his ailing father to feed homemade ‘murabba’ to Amitabh Bacchan and bring the remaining half back to his father. The story stays with you because of its sheer honesty, humour and breathtaking acting.


8. Little Miss Sunshine

Having a bad day? Does everything seem blurry? Watch this one to just smile alone in your bedroom. Let me put it straight. This comedy-road-drama film is about a family of losers from the beginning to the end. That’s it. The catch is more than laughing at them you overwhelmingly embrace them for never giving up hope and supporting each other. Directors Jonathan Daylton and Valerie Faris make this movie suitable for all ages as it beautifully blends comedy with simplicity. Watch out for the stellar performance by Steve Carrel, Abigail Breslin and Paul Dano.


7. Dum Laga ke Haisha

It is hard to not fall in love with this movie. It is a tribute to the simplicity of the 90s and a love story which you see but do not hear people talking about. No, it does not fall in the ideal boy-girl romantic love stories but this movie does not try to prove a point! It is first and foremost meant to transfer you back in time to an era where internet did not exist. Lyrics were not metaphysical, the music did not exceed three notes and families were mostly joint. This movie is a creative genius as it weaves a tapestry with humour, nostalgia and romance into a brilliant story. Everything seems convincing yet it delivers more than what you expect because of the meticulous attention paid to storytelling. Truly a masterpiece!


6. Piku

Piku is special because it is where the screen writer makes all the difference. More than the film it is the story that shines out. Juhi Chaturvedi writes the story of a young Piku keeping up with her ever constipated 70 year old father. How often do you hear about stories like this in movies? The truth is we all know a Piku in our lives but what makes the film an everlasting journey is the little nuances of a father-daughter relationship. Piku is refreshing and tells you a story you would want to listen and who knew a chair shaped to fit a commode would steal the show!

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