I get my best lifestyle inspiration from stories. Show me a cool character with style and I’m sold. Here are some awesome films that get me thinking about minimalism and mindfulness.
Kiki’s Delivery Service
Kiki the minimalist witch flies to a new city with just one outfit, one bag, one radio, and one cat companion.
The Lord of the Rings trilogy
The smallest steps, taken by the smallest of beings can still go a long way.
If you ran away from home, what would you bring in your suitcase? Boy scout skillz and books are a pretty good combination.
Watching animals is a great way to calm down, and this Disney classic really captures of the magic of a forest’s serenity. Slow-paced with a great nature-y soundtrack.
Limitation fosters creativity. If you need inspo for making do with what you’ve got, this is it.
The tech-obsessed future is hands-free and clutter-free. More good news: befriending computers make people more mindful and appreciative of the of the physical world around them.
Midnight in Paris
While his fiancé dreams of a mansion in Malibu, Gil just wants to write, dream, and wander through Paris. Frustrating shopping scenes (“Cheap is cheap!”) contrasted with glitzy nostalgia. But despite gorgeous 1920s fashion, what’s really attractive is the content of artful conversation.
A film about a dude stuck in a rock that is so much more than just a dude stuck in a rock. A reminder that even if we’re off adventuring, it’s worth nothing without mindful awareness of our surroundings and the people in our lives.
The Bling Ring
We can all agree that stealing is bad, right? But what this film questions is our materialistic society, by luring us in with dazzling visuals.
A Korean film about an older lady whose life takes several devastating turns. But it’s really a film about hope, which she finds in a simple poetry class.
All about the details from the very beginning, Amélie reminds us of the joys and quirks of day-to-day things.
Includes an excellent mindful pie-baking sequence.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
The most fabulous yet nearly-empty apartment, including the Bathtub Sofa.
Much Ado About Nothing
In a summer jam-packed with flashy superhero films, Joss Whedon took a step back to make a black and white Shakespeare film over the period of a week. In his own house.
What are your favorite films for minimalist inspiration? Let’s grow the list in the comments!