Anyone else feel like the past year has been a lesson in learning how to change your perspective? COVID has forced everyone to reassess what’s important and find silver linings wherever possible. But beyond that, many of us have been motivated to imagine what it might be like in others’ shoes — be it those of exhausted front-line doctors and nurses, or kindergarten teachers, or harried parents, or lonely elderly folks, or essential workers.

Movies have always done a great job of transporting us into someone else’s world that may be drastically different from our own. By the time the end credits roll on these 5 films, you’ll experience the gift of a new perspective.

Wander Darkly – New to the Box and Redbox On Demand, this drama wowed audiences at the Sundance Film Festival last year. Its director, Tara Miele, takes a truly unique approach to how a couple — played by Diego Luna and Sienna Miller — remembers their entire relationship after tragedy strikes. If they each remember certain moments differently, whose version represents the truth?

The Hate U Give – This powerful and timely adaption of the best-selling YA novel of the same name gives viewers the perspective of being a black teenage girl (played by Amandla Stenberg) at an elite, mostly white high school after police shoot and kill one of her best friends.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – In this mind-bending Best Picture nominee starring Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett and Taraji P. Henson, director David Fincher shows us the wisdom and insight that would be gained if we aged backward.

Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell is one of the most inventive authors of the present day, and in this adaptation of his most-famous novel, Tom Hanks and Halle Berry play two of the many, many characters whose lives span decades and countries — yet are still inextricably connected. I guarantee you’ll think about the human experience differently after watching this movie!

Cast Away – While many of us might feel like we’ve been metaphorically stranded since March 2020, the reality is that Tom Hanks’ character Chuck has it much worse after his plane crashes and he finds himself alone — for years — on a tiny island the middle of the Pacific Ocean with just a volleyball to talk to. (Wilson, 4eva!) Before his life was upended, Chuck was uptight, rushed and never fully present in his relationship. But he gains a whole new perspective once he’s got nothing but time.

What movie has helped you see the world in a different way?

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