RR Films: Change Of Mind

It may be that he simply ran out of alternatives – and it is bigly boring – but it looks like Donny has had a change of mind and appointed someone with a functioning brain, and maybe even some perspective, to an important job. Lucky the guy can’t say no to his C-in-C.

Films that involve a change of mind this week then. Either a main character doing so, or events changing several minds, or maybe that rare thing, a film that changed your mind.

I’ll kick off with Two Days, One Night (Deux jours, une nuit). Despite not being a Marion Cotillard fan, her character’s attempts to change her co-workers minds raised issues that engaged me.

What films involving mind-changing (not chemically; that seems like a possible future topic) would you recommend?


22 thoughts on “RR Films: Change Of Mind

  1. Luke: Your thoughts betray you, Father. I feel the good in you, the conflict.
    Darth Vader: There is no conflict.
    Luke: You couldn’t bring yourself to kill me before and I don’t believe you’ll destroy me now.
    Darth Vader: You underestimate the power of the Dark Side. If you will not fight, then you will meet your destiny.
    Darth Vader: Luke… help me take this mask off.
    Luke: But you’ll die.
    Darth Vader: Nothing… can stop that now. Just for once… let me… look on you with my *own* eyes.
    [Luke takes off Darth Vader’s mask one piece at a time. Underneath, Luke sees the face of a pale, scarred, bald-headed, old man – his father, Anakin. Anakin sadly looks at Luke but then gives a tired smile]
    Anakin: Now… go, my son. Leave me.
    Luke: No. You’re coming with me. I’ll not leave you here, I’ve got to save you.
    Anakin: You already… have, Luke. You were right. You were right about me. Tell your sister… you were right.
    [Anakin smiles and his eyes begin to droop slumps down in death while giving one last dying breath]
    Luke: Father… I won’t leave you.

  2. The first film that I thought of was Gigi, the 50s musical with Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan and Hermione Gingold. It is based on a short novel by Colette.

    Gigi is a young woman who is being groomed to become a courtesan in 1890s Paris, the world of the Belle Époque and Les Grandes Horizontales.

    There are many changes of mind in the plot. Will Gigi become a courtesan and the mistress of Gaston? Will Gaston want Gigi as a mistress? Do they really want this kind of a relationship? In the end, after they change their minds several times, they decide that they really want to be married.

    At the end of the film, the ageing roué Honoré who opened the film with his worldly and cynical attitude that young men about town shouldn’t marry but should seek out courtesans to take as mistresses, appears to have changed his mind about his previous attitude and points to his nephew Gaston and his new wife Gigi as an example of this.

  3. There’s a film I would like to mention but the change of mind comes very near the end and to name it would be a bit of a spoiler!
    Will rack brains for an alternative choice.

  4. First off, donds for Two Days One Night which was a brilliant example of contemporary and relevant film making.

    As for change of mind films my first thought is ‘On The Waterfront ‘ starring Marlon Brando (in his best role) as Terry Malloy the brother of Charlie who is treasurer of the corrupt union that runs the New York docks. Terry is loyal to his brother and the union’s leader Johnny Friendly so when the police try to get him to testify against them in a murder case he refuses. But when he falls in love with the dead man’s sister she persuades him to testify which leads to Charlie’s death and the end of Johnny Friendly’s hold over the dock union.

    • I proofed partly wrote my friend’s graduate thesis – he was most likely dyslexic and mostly wrote only in a Yorkshire dialect. It was about Elia Kazan. Donds for On the Waterfront. Ace.

      • Ta Fuel, it has long been one of my favourite films, the cast is superb and the acting uniformly brilliant.

        Btw the film recommended by Chris at the top of the thread ( TWO DAYS ONE NIGHT ) is being shown on BBC4 tomorrow night at 9pm, if you haven’t seen it have a look, it’s brilliant !

  5. When Harry Met Sally
    You’ve all seen it (obviously?), so i won’t repeat the plot too much – but both main characters start out hating each other as they have totally different viewpoints on most things, but mainly relationships. Harry thinks men and women can’t be friends without sex getting in the way (ie. the man will always want to screw the woman) and the more stait-laced Sally suffice to say disagrees. They spend most of the remainder of the movie in and out of friendship, trying to prove the other wrong in their initial assumptions.
    It’s not as simplistic as either one just “changing their mind”, but the humorous cat & mouse played out over the next hour and behalf is wonderful cinema.

    Oh, … and 12 Angry Men!!!

  6. This is kind of a tough one, but i’ll go for American Beauty. Kevin Spaces lusts after Mena Suivari for the entire film, but when he finally gets the chance to sleep with her, he changes his mind when he finds out she’s still a virgin.

  7. This was obviously a more difficult topic, although I’m sure things like the film versions of Pride and Prejudice and Much Ado About Nothing (and their cinematic offspring) count, given their plot arrangements.
    But at least this topic was potentially more uplifting than what I would have gone with had the Israeli justice system confirmed a little earlier that murdering an unarmed, wounded Palestinian in cold blood is no big deal.

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