Life is Beautiful


Thank you for the fun and learnings this week.

Have a happy weekend — whenever is your weekend!

Eat, pray, love.

Uh isn’t that a movie and a book?

I haven’t actually watched and read it yet

but there’s this movie that has a big impact on me — Life Is Beautiful.

I love Guido Orefice’sΒ rich imagination which won the heart of Dora

and convinced his son Giosue’s that their stay in Nazi concentration camp

is just a game with a real tank as prize — to keep up Giosue’s spirit.

The movie is humorous, romantic, whimsical and something to reflect upon.

In the end, Guido was taken and shot by a Nazi guard

but not before he made his son laugh, for the last time.

Eventually Giosue ‘won’ Β the game and was reunited with his mom, Dora.

Life Is Beautiful. Thanks Google.

How about you? What movie has a big impact on you?

Please share while I prepare the popcorn!



21 Responses to “Life is Beautiful”

  1. thai seo Says:

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  2. Lies Says:

    “La vita Γ© bella”! This is the kind of movies the word “beautiful” was invented for… I am not a big movie fan, but how about these: The Motorcycle Diaries (on Che Guevara), Dancer in the Dark (dark musical with BjΓΆrk), Pauline and Paulette (on the struggle of two women to take care of their mentally retarded sister) and Moscow, Belgium. The latter is a love story between a divorced woman and a (much) younger man – it was filmed in the part of town where I live and is spoken in the local dialect, so it is very easy for me to relate πŸ™‚ I don’t know what is left of it if you disregard these factors. Should you watch any, let me know what you think!

    • bendedspoon Says:

      I haven’t seen yet any of those movies
      but they seem to be very interesting
      and I’m specially drawn to Pauline and Paulette.
      Will watch the movies once my hubby found them
      — he’s my movie hunter!
      Thanks for sharing them all!

  3. Debbie Says:

    I love movies, but mostly just get to watch children ones! We like so many! Talking with my daughter and “Fly Away Home” is one that impacted us together. πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing about Life Is Beautiful! πŸ™‚ Oh and my mom recently watched “Letters From God” and really liked it!

  4. afirmin71 Says:

    Wow what a question! I could never choose only one film as so many have moved me in so many different ways. I know for example that my brother would say “Saving Private Ryan” because he watched it in the cinema with my grandfather. My grandfather was in the war and my brother and I grew up listening to stories from him. From funny to near death experiences he always had a smile on his face. But my brother said he never watched the film at all as he was transfixed with watching my grandfather as tears rolled down his face throughout the film. An experience I would have loved to share with them both as we were all very close. He passed shortly after this and left me his diaries from the war. I often think of him and I know he often stops by to check on how we are doing I do miss him greatly. So even though I was not there, I have an incredible bond towards this film.

    Other films that I love though would be The green Mile, A beautiful Mind, The pursuit of happyness, Shindler’s list, Kill a mockingbird, Eternal sunshine of a spotless mind, Lawrence of Arabia, Braveheart and so, so many more. Yes I am a film fan in case you hadn’t noticed πŸ™‚

    Have a great day! Take care Alan

    • bendedspoon Says:

      Wow you have his war diaries — real treasure!
      It isn’t obvious that you love movies — like my hubby! Yes those are great movies and I’m not sure if I have watched The Green Mile already (recheck). Saving Private Ryan is one of my hubby’s favorite movie and I love Shindler’s List too. Next time you watched another good films please share it here. Thanks Alan!

  5. maggsworld Says:

    Blindside – I do not usually watch or enjoy Sandra Bullock, but did in this one. Another similar movie was “Radio” Both these inspire my children, also.

    • bendedspoon Says:

      Yes the Blindside’s story of love and acceptance is praiseworthy. I’m not familiar with the Radio but will check it out. Thanks for the recommendation!

  6. Your post reminded me of a verse. I thought you might like it. Here it is:

    “have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. Ecclesiastes 3:10-11

    • I messed that up. I left out the first word. “I” have seen… πŸ™‚

      • bendedspoon Says:

        Theresa the thought that He had made everything beautiful in His time comforted me so much. But I can’t totally grasp the setting of the world in our hearts that we may not find out God’s work from start to end. Enlightenment please πŸ™‚

        • Well, that was from the King James Version of the Bible. Here is the New International Version of that verse:

          “11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet[a] no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11 HCSB

          I must confess that I am no expert and any conclusions I draw would be colored by both the version I chose and the potion of “light” that I possess. None-the-less, here goes:

          The Bible teaches that we all when we are born come into the world with an empty heart. There is a vast void. It also teaches that Jesus is “The Alpha and The Omega, The Beginning and the End”…the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. It teaches that Jesus is the only one who can fill it, and it also teaches that He will put His Spirit in anyone who asks Him to do so:

          ” 9 β€œSo I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

          11 β€œWhich of you fathers, if your son asks for[f] a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” Luke 11:11-13 NIV

          …so if we call on Jesus, if we ask…a very vast Savior will come to dwell in our hearts and fill that very vast void! πŸ™‚

          • bendedspoon Says:

            Thanks Theresa for your deeper thoughts. I need guide when it comes to the Word. And the vast void in the heart is so true, that only Him can fill it.

  7. I have never seen that movie. One of my favorite movies is “It’s a Wonderful Life” with Jimmy Stewert and Donna Reed. Two more are “Tuck Everlasting” and “Sarah Plain and Tall”.

    There is so much out there that can inspire us! Life truly is beautiful…(been writing again). πŸ™‚

    • bendedspoon Says:

      Haven’t seen all three
      but will add it to my must watch list.
      Please keep the suggestions coming
      anytime Theresa because I badly need
      something good to watch!

  8. I can’t wait to see the movie. Thanks for the recommendation. This week I was introduced to “Casino”. I learned a lot from that movie but “Respect” was a big one. It’s based on a true story. Let me know how you like.

    • bendedspoon Says:

      Yes, please watch how one man used humor
      to survive the harsh reality of life.
      Casino the story of power, greed and deception — so real life. And who’s the star or director of Respect? Will check it. Thanks.

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