(In Bruges is fantastic)
Italy. I have Italy on my mind. It's so happens that I have been immersing myself in Italian viewing and books, and only just realized the power of this.
I will say, these aren't exactly uplifting, especially the first two. Unless you are like me and find deep satisfaction in being made to ache with feeling, whatever it is
First, The Best of Youth A 6+-hour long movie. It is so absorbing, that years after viewing it, I think about it often. My sister recommended it as her favorite movie of all time. I think I will go back and watch it, but before I do I have to finish ...
Elena Ferrante Neopolitan Books (and now series on HBO) - we got an HBO subscription just for the stay-at-home period and I finally watched My Brilliant Friend (season 1 = Book 1), despite attempting the book several times because it is right up my alley. I never got into the book, but oh the series! I devoured it. Only to find that season 2 (Book 2) had just started and was streaming weekly. Because Im so hungry for more, I started reading Book 2, and am loving it, and then watch each episode on Mondays when they come out. What reminded me of The Best of Youth is that in season 2 of My Brilliant Friend, the politics of the 50's into 60's emerge as transformative in the lives of the characters as they had in B.O.Y., and I am driven to learn more about the era and thus feel more immersed in the country. And then feel even more compassion for what is happening now
Beautiful Ruins (book - by Jess Walter), which also covers Italy in the 60's, with much more. This might be more uplifting, or just a fun read
The Agony and the Ecstasy - not uplifting but a time-machine
The Name of the Rose