Japan • 1956 • Dir: Akira Kurosawa
A once-indifferent bureaucrat suffering from an incurable disease finds meaning in life through pushing through worthy projects.
Czech Republic/UK/France • 1996 • Dir: Jan Sverák
A rootless single man finds new dimensions of living when his estranged wife dumps their son on him. Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film.
WINGS OF DESIRE
Germany/France • 1987 • Dir: Wim Wenders
An actual angel, though immortal, longs to feel, touch, and taste as mortals do. He floats to earth and falls in love with a circus trapeze artist. He won’t live forever, but to him it’s worth it.
USA • 1999 • Dir: Sam Mendes
A fed-up suburbanite quits his mind-numbing job, has a healthy midlife crisis, and starts all over by falling in love with a lovely cheerleader he imagines rose-bedecked. Five Oscars.
Jim Piper is a Filmworks board member, a filmmaker, and a retired film studies instructor.