When the entire family meets there is going to be some interesting gossip to accompany the food and drinks. But once all that is over, little groups of men, women and children are formed and most are bent over their phones. However, what can bring everyone together is a good, light-hearted family movie. Here are some family oriented movies you can watch over the long festive season.
An obvious pick as a family movie, ‘Home Alone ’is a part of the American festive ritual. 8-year-old Kevin gets into a typical kid argument with his parents the night before a family trip to Paris. This prompts his mother to send him up to the attic to spend the night. When the McCallisters wake up the next morning, they realize they’ve overslept and make a mad dash to the airport, leaving little Kevin behind in the process. He wakes up to find an empty house and assumes his wish to have no family has come true. But his excitement is short-lived as he soon realizes that two con men are determined to rob their house. What follows is a series of skillful, hilarious tricks Kevin uses to thwart their attempts. It’s a thoroughly entertaining film that will have both kids and adults laughing uncontrollably.
Mr. Bean’s Holiday
The well-known Mr. Bean is loved by people of all age groups. In ‘Mr. Bean’s Holiday’, Bean is on a holiday to the south of France, looking for a quiet and sunny trip in the Riviera. However, his trip doesn't go as smoothly as he had hoped as he has to face a series of misunderstandings and totally unfortunate coincidences. Eventually, Bean ends up spoiling the last film of the snobbish director and appears accidentally at the Cannes Film Festival. This roller coaster adventure of Mr. Bean will fill the room with laughter, keeping the whole family thoroughly entertained.
I Am Sam
This is a heartwarming story of a mentally challenged Sam, a single father raising his daughter Lucy, working in a coffee shop with a unique group of supportive friends. As Lucy turns seven and begins to intellectually surpass her father, their close bond is threatened when their unconventional living arrangement comes to the attention of a social worker who wants Lucy placed in foster care. Sam who loves his daughter does everything within his capacity to get her back with the help of a lawyer. The movie is emotional and heart-warming, reflecting the beautiful relationship between a father and daughter.
A popular Nepali production which portrays the lives of salt traders who lead yak caravans on a long and difficult trek across the Himalayas to Tibet. Depicting the harsh life of mountain people and their unique rituals, the movie revolves around the character of Tinle, a chieftain of the salt traders, whose eldest son has just died. Consequently, he refuses to allow the young Karma, whom he accuses of being responsible for his son’s death, to lead the caravan. With the help of his old friends and grandson, Tinle leads the caravan, deciding against all odds to set out on the perilous journey. An Oscar nominated movie, this film would definitely be worth watching.
Dashain (Maha Jodi)
‘Dashain’ is a movie about our biggest festival, put together by the legendary MAHA duo of the Nepali film industry, Hari Bansa Acharya and Madan Krishna Shrestha. It shows the existing economic differences in our society and how people from different backgrounds celebrate the great festival in their own way. The movie is thoroughly enjoyable as the famous duo depicts various scenes in their typical style of comedy and satire. ‘Dashain’ is a must watch family movie that is a mixture of comedy, emotion and satire, highlighting the wrong practices in our society.
Winner at the Queens Film Festival for Best Cinematography Feature, the movie revolves around a young woman Kshemiliving with her sick mother and young brother Tikpe, running a small liquor shop. ‘Dying Candle’ tells the story of a sister fighting against all odds to take care of her young brother, until things fall apart, and she is left with no option but to sell her dignity to save him. A family drama with great visuals, it can be a good pick.
Another movie from the popular MAHA Jodi that goes back to when Kathmandu was known as Kantipur, revealing that pollution and cleanliness problems existed in the city then. The movie revolves around the character of Waada Adakshya played by Hari Bansa Acharya who struggles to work for the well-being of the people of his society, later explaining what he did during his life on earth to Yama Raj played by Madan Krishna Shrestha. It is an interesting portrayal of life in this historic city which one can still relate to. ‘Kantipur’ is a comedy filled with satire and given a unique spark by the legendary duo.