Movies with Attachment Dynamics

I am a self-proclaimed cinephile and love to watch thoughtful and deep movies. When I come across a movie that highlights the developmental attachment approach to relationships, I get even more excited. Here are some of my favourites and some that I’m looking forward to working my way through.

Ones I Love

Alike – an animated short that captures how attachment can save our creativity.

Inside Out

    – 6+
    – After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.
    MY THOUGHTS – What a wonderful look at how emotions move us! This is a fantastic way to introduce how we can take up a relationship with our emotions.

Still to See

Million Dollar Baby

    – 14+
    – A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional.

Dear Zindagi

    – subtitled
    – 14+
    – She discovers that happiness is all about finding comfort in life’s imperfections.

Handsome Devil

    – 15+
    – Parents need to know that Handsome Devil, an Irish film set in a teen boarding school, is an intimate look at being different, standing up for oneself, and developing empathy.

Weeping Camel

    – 10+
    – When a Mongolian nomadic family’s newest camel colt is rejected by its mother, a musician is needed for a ritual to change her mind.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

    – A deeply moving, irreverent film about friends, cancer, life.

Theatre of Life

    – 10+
    – An extraordinary soup kitchen in Milan – the Refettorio Ambrosiano – run by internationally renowned chef Massimo Bottura and 40 of the world’s best chefs
    – from my friend Liz: “This is about a welcoming and beautiful purpose-built soup kitchen that serves gourmet food prepared by top chefs of the world using left overs, especially bread, to reduce food waste in the restaurant industry. The food is served with warmth and fellowship to homeless persons, refugees and those in need of a bit of home cooking. Deborah [Macnamara] mentioned Massimo Botturo’s role in connecting food and attachment, during her talks at the [2017 Neufeld Institute] conference.”

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