Close your eyes for a second and imagine a lone highway in the Midwest. Moving at a slow pace there is a small lawn-mover tractor driven by an old guy, old enough to be in his seventies or even eighties. The tractor is not cutting the grass of a beautiful house, it is not taking care of a golf course or anything close to that, this old man is driving that tractor down a highway to see his ill brother, who lives in another state. People felt very confused when they saw this old man driving that tractor like it was a real car. ”What is he doing? -They thought. Where is he heading? They didn’t have a clue. Well, the last time he saw his brother was about 40 years ago, they had a big fight and they never talked to each other again. But here he was, driving more than 260 miles from Laurens, Iowa to Mt. Zion, Wisconsin to see his brother. How do you do you mend your relationship with an ill brother you haven’t seen in decades? Do people really do this things like this? What does this act mean? Let me give the answer. The answer is Love.
A poor Italian family moves to Milan, a bigger city, trying to succeed and leave behind the poverty that surrounds them. They are looking for jobs, but one of the brothers decided to study in order to get a better job, while Rocco, His older brother, thought it would be easier to become a boxing star and avoid the boring studies he just can’t stand. Everything seems normal until a woman makes her appearance. Both brother have feelings for her and she has to decide whether she will choose the fighter or the student. Rejection, violence, love and desire get combined in a storm that show both the best and the worst of the human race. Do you think two brothers should feel hate for each other? Is it their fault or the society’s?
An elderly couple embarks on a journey to visit their children who are living in Tokyo. When they get there, the only thing they found was the indifference of their children. Neither their daughter nor their son were even kind to them. It seems for them, their parents were just a rock in their shoes, something annoying that you want to get rid of as soon as possible. So the parents felt very ashamed about the circumstances and left the children alone taking the next train back to their city. Do you think this is the way we should treat elderly people? Have you ever treated someone badly who only wanted to give you love? Is it right to depend our whole lives on our parents and just when we don’t need them anymore, forget them in the closet like an old suit you are not going to wear anymore?
I will tell you what these three stories have in common, if you have not guessed yet. All of them are the basic storyline of great movies from three totally different directors. The “Straight Story” by David Lynch, “Rocco and his brothers” by Luchino Visconti and “Tokyo Story” by Yasujirō Ozu.
I believe you can learn a lot from movies. I believe movies can inspire us in so many ways that some of them are a form of art by themselves. I believe cinema is the 7th art.