RR Films: Moving On

Whether he’s just braving it out or simply doesn’t understand the concept, Robert Mugabe seems incapable of moving on from his life’s works as a despot. He should know by now, from observing the past experiences of his kind, that the choices open to him are exile with a secret fortune, jail or a ditch; I’d make my mind up pretty quickly, I reckon, and I can’t imagine Grace is keen on either of the second two….

We have explored films about leaving and escaping but I think moving on is slightly different in that the movement is as a direct result of an existing situation that changes, prompting a move to, hopefully, a better one. Or something like that. Close to the current news story, I was tempted to choose The Death Of Stalin, in which Uncle Joe’s death prompts several plans to move on in those around him. But I actually wasn’t as impressed by this film as I wanted to be, as an Armando Iannucci fan (it’s difficult to get laughs from rape). So instead I’ll pick I’ve Loved You So Long, with Kristen Scott Thomas’s wonderful performance as a woman trying to move on with her life following 15 years in prison and the events that preceded them.

What films about moving on would you recommend?

13 thoughts on “RR Films: Moving On

  1. Five Easy Pieces. Jack Nicholson tries to move on from his wealthy family for the Texas oilfields. Doesn’t really fit in, has to go back home, and doesn’t fit in there either. In the end moves on and ditches Karen Black for parts unknown.

    And another plug for Naked, which we’ve already mentioned a lot. David Thewlis scorches earth and moves on a lot. In the end for who knows where.

  2. Hmm. Does making a change from one state to a completely different one count? In which case I can suggest one of my all-time favourite films, Wenders’ Der Himmel ueber Berlin, with an angel abandoning his immortal, detached state for life as a human. Or, indeed, one of my other all-time favourite films, Goodbye Lenin!, in which Daniel Bruehl gradually comes to terms with the total transformation of the society in which he lives, with the loss of his childhood illusions, and with the passing of his mother.

  3. I wonder if the Japanese anime adaptation of the children’s book When Marnie Was There would qualify as a film about moving on.
    Hard to describe without spoilers. I do urge anyone who has not seen it to do so, even if you never read the original British kids’ book.
    I’ll just say that the main character has to move on from her distrustful attitude to her foster parents and also from her strange relationship with Marnie. Oh, and from her brief seaside convalescence home too.

  4. “Trainspotting” as Renton takes the money and runs, here is the final quote as he legs it !

    The truth is that I’m a bad person. But, that’s gonna change – I’m going to change. This is the last of that sort of thing. Now I’m cleaning up and I’m moving on, going straight and choosing life. I’m looking forward to it already. I’m gonna be just like you. The job, the family, the fucking big television. The washing machine, the car, the compact disc and electric tin opener, good health, low cholesterol, dental insurance, mortgage, starter home, leisure wear, luggage, three piece suite, DIY, game shows, junk food, children, walks in the park, nine to five, good at golf, washing the car, choice of sweaters, family Christmas, indexed pension, tax exemption, clearing gutters, getting by, looking ahead, the day you die.

  5. I suppose that one of the components of moving on is seeking closure and coming to terms with painful things. If that is the case, I think that the John Ford western The Searchers is worth a nom.

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