Today at the group we looked at what movies were meaningful for them at different stages of their lives. This session was very similar to the group we did on music but now focussing on movies. Very much like music, movies can carry us on a nostalgic journey of what was going on for us around the time of seeing that particular movie.
E.T was an iconic movie memory for people in the group today along with more individual connections to Midnight Express, The Empire Strikes Back, One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest, Riding In Cars With Boys and The Exorcist.
People use movies in different ways; to feel good, to connect with something poignant and meaningful or to have the heebie jeebies scared out of them. The final option is not for everyone!
As we travelled the decades of movie memories we realised we had more memories around what was going on in our lives e.g…my Granny took me to see that film, or that was my first date, or we watched that as a family one Christmas.
Due to the way that movies can affect us on a therapeutic level it would not surprise you to know that there is now a form of therapy called “Cinema Therapy” A form of therapy or self-help that uses movies, particularly videos, as therapeutic tools. Cinema therapy can be a catalyst for healing and growth for those who are open to learning how movies affect people and to watching certain films with conscious awareness. Cinema therapy allows one to use the effect of imagery, plot, music, etc. in films on the psyche for insight, inspiration, emotional release or relief and natural change. Used as part of psychotherapy, cinema therapy is an innovative method based on traditional therapeutic principles.
In conclusion, there are now no doubts of how therapeutic watching movies can really be.