By Patrycja Pluta (1995) LOK Krakow/Poland

         I admit that I’m not keen on reading and I know that it is my bad side. However, I’m a big fan of the cinema. I think that a day without a movie, is a wasted day”. The cinema accompanied the development of our culture since the beginning of the 20th century. Although we know that this is a brilliant invention, it was not always so. So, for over 100 years, the comedies made people laugh, the romances moved, we were kept in suspense by action movies. But what really defines a good movie ? Is it a story, swift action, interesting dialogues, good camera work, special effects? What do you think? In my opinion, these elements are important in a good movie, the most important one is the ability to induce emotions in the viewers after watching the movie, and encourage to some reflection.

         Below I write 5 movies which have influenced my life and made me think. What is more, they changed in my way of thinking and seeing the world at different stages of my life. Sometimes the reason of changing was a big dose of inspiration, positive energy, and sometimes just a hint of sadness and feeling moved.

For people with strong nerves:

      The Green Mile                                  

The movie tells us mainly about a black prisoner who was convicted for the murder some sisters. As it later turns out not to be right. The film has such an impact on the viewer’s emotions that I do not believe that even the thougest macho during the final scene did not shed a tear. The first time I watched this film I was fifteen. And some scenes I could not look at. Maybe because I was a very sensitive person. But now I’m stronger. I really went through every moment with the main hero. Thanks to this film, I understood that not everything in this world is fair. Mainly, it is about the equality amond  people. I saw that we mustn’t judge people by their skin color. So the world should fight with rasizm-I will be. Since I watched this film, I evaluate every situation objectively.

Now something romantic:

The Walk to remember

is a 2002 American coming-of-age teen romantic drama film. The film offered to watch true love, sacrifice and how to makes dreams come true despite a fatal disease. I was especially moved by one quotation: ”Love is like a wind-  you do not see it, but you feel it”. I understood what true love means. Through this film, I became more romantic. And now I know that the life is too short and you  have to enjoy every moment, which you live through.

Something of the history of Poland:

      The Pianist

The movie was awarded an Oscar. “The Pianist” is a fictionalized biography of a great musician – Wladyslaw Szpilman who, being a Jew, survived the hell of World War II. His story is close to us as the film took place inWarsaw, and most of the problems are associated with the history of our country. This film allows me to imagine how people lived and how many people died during the war .It was a striking picture of war. And now, I really appreciate that we don’t have to live in fear, from day to day.

The Cast Away

The film tells the story of a modern Robinson Crusoe. During one trip, the plane which was crashed, and our hero is left alone on a desert island. I understood that everybody needs a moment of loneliness to look at themselves deep  inside and see the bad side and change them. I’m also close to nature like the main hero.

And at the end something we all know:


A love story of an impoverished aristocrat and artistically talented immigrant who fall in love with each other.

Unfortunately, the disaster separates them . The film passes from generation to generation and it will never be  boring. The fist time I watched it with my mother. She was crying , I was crying – it was crazy. I loved this history. Now I believed in love and believe that it doesn’t matter what we have and what we are – love hasn’t changed.


It’s my proposition, I’m also curious films affected you. If you have an interesting film, which changed your life, please write about it. I would love to watch it and discuss it.



  1. Thank you very much for your replies. I will really try to see the movies which you recommended to me, especially because I like watching a lot of films. I think every movie gives us some kind of morals like in fairy tales- it enriches our knowledge. And you don’t need to be a fan of cinema to understand a moral of the movie. As soon as I watch these films, I will surely share my opinion with you.

  2. Hello. I agree with you when you say that the cinema gives us a lot, but I am not cinema’s fan. Of course, I like to watch some films as well. Recently I saw the film “Click”. This film even made me cry in the end, and it helped me to understand how important our personal life is. Film’s genres are fantasy/drama/comedy. It doesn’t seem so serious, but that’s why this film is so special. I recommend it for everyone who wants to see quality film with a good laugh.

  3. Hi, I also love watching films and I think that a good movie is the one, which affect your amotional state, for example, ir makes you laugh or cry. One ot hese kind of films, in my opinion, is “The Shawshank Redemption”. This film shows a simple and touching story graced with great depth and commitment. It’s an uplifting film and you should see it.