You say you are a freethinking secularist who just hates some of the movies you rent because they end up representing some of the trash that you so much hate in life? Maybe I can help you out.
I’m not much of a review writer and I probably won’t concentrate highly on the movie commentary. What I’ll try to do instead is tell you about a movie that I found appealing due to a combination of it’s quality and it’s message, and that it accomplished it without expecting you to “dip in to the woo” (as a friend has put it) or in crediting religion for the successes of the protagonists.
So these won’t be so much movies “about” atheism as they are movies that simply represent the spirit of reality. Don’t get me wrong, if I happen on any great movies that are about atheism, I’ll be happy to recommend them.
I’ll warn you that if you don’t like foreign films, you might as well click on the next blog at this time. My first recommendation is a Brazilian movie and many of the better movies I see are foreign films. American movie making (indies aside) tend to try mass market appeal, with gratuitous sex, violence, stupidity, improbability and woo galore. Naturally, this is a generalization, and I have some good American films to offer as well.
Central Station (1998)
(Central do Brasil)
Sub-titles in English
Dora (Fernanda Montenegro), who writes letters for illiterate people at Rio de Janeiro's central railroad station, feels compelled to help 9-year-old Josué (Vinicius De Oliveira) locate his estranged father after the child's mother dies in a car accident. As Dora and the boy bond during their journey to
Two people, at opposite ends of life, unite and find new meaning and purpose. As the tale of their desperation moves forward, it would be easy for them to fall victim to the religiosity that they are surrounded by in the poor and ignorant Brazilian countryside. It would have been a convenient route of escape from their immense problems. Many people “come to Christ” at their moment of deepest despair. Dora and Josue, all odds against them, never for a moment turn to superstition to “solve” their problems.
Please remember to come back later and comment, if you decide to watch this movie or any of the others I'll be recommending. After I have a few, I'll put an Atheist Movie link up on the sidebar.