Feature films recommended by Natalia Rodina


Here you will find feature films that will help you in personal development and awareness of life and yourself:








The Shack (2017)


Based on the New York Times best-selling novel, The Shack takes us on a father’s uplifting spiritual journey. After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips [Sam Worthington] spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa [Octavia Spencer]. Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.




Our Home: Astral City (Portuguese: Nosso Lar) (2010)


This is a Brazilian drama film about life after death. It is based on the book of the same name by the medium Francisco Cândido Xavier (Chico Xavier).


The selfish Dr. André Luiz dies and awakes in a kind of limbo called "Umbral". After a painful and numb period in a gruesome swamp, he is rescued and brought to "Nosso Lar" (meaning "Our Home"), a spiritual city. He finds a place of harmony, where people live in peace, working for the good of humanity, for self-evolution, and waiting for reincarnation. Sooner André Luiz changes his behavior becoming a more self-aware and altruistic man. Finally, his greatest wish since arriving in the city comes true: he is granted permission to descend to Earth and see his wife and kids. He must accept his own death and step into another level of existence, learning to love and be loved, and that life never ceases.


“This film is not fantasy fiction. This is a film-message from our brothers in the world. A ray of their light and love” - Chico Xavier.


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“Chico Xavier” (2010)


The movie is a biography of the Brazilian medium Chico Xavier (Francisco Candido Xavier). Chico Xavier is a Brazilian writer, spiritualist, medium, philanthropist, and humanist.

Chico Xavier lived a long and difficult life, having managed to write 412 books, some of which were sold in more than 40 million copies, translated into 33 languages ​​(of which 30 books are in Braille). Chico never considered himself the author of the books written, claiming that their true authorship belongs to those disembodied souls, under whose dictation all his works were written. For this reason, Chico donated all the royalties he received, along with copyrights to various charitable organizations.




“What Dreams May Come” (1998)


This film is also about life after death. It will help you to understand the information about death and the afterlife experience.


Chris Neilson dies to find himself in a heaven more amazing than anything he could have ever dreamed of. But there is one thing missing: his wife. After he dies, his wife, Annie kills herself and goes to hell. Chris decides to risk eternity in hades for the small chance that he will be able to bring her back to heaven.

Starring Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., Max von Sydow, Josh Paddock, Matt Salinger.




"Peaceful Warrior" (2006)


The film is based on the 1980 novel Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman.

Dan Millman (Scott Mechlowicz) is a gifted athlete whose desire for success drives everything he does. When a mysterious stranger (Nick Nolte) opens Dan's eyes to a new vision of strength and understanding, the Olympic hopeful finds that he still has much to learn and more sacrifices to make.




"Conversations with God" (2006)


"Conversations with God" tells the true story of Neale Donald Walsch that inspired and changed the lives of millions worldwide.

The journey begins after he unexpectedly breaks his neck in a car accident and loses his job. Soon after, we witness his transformation from your everyday guy to a homeless bum struggling just to stay alive. Neale's eye-opening roller coaster ride takes us through his emotional battle to get enough food, make friends and regain his life. And just when things seem to be going his way, they get worse. Feeling like a complete failure in all aspects of his life, Neale, full of anger and bitterness asks God a pile of demanding questions. Much to his disbelief, Neale received his answers! The unworldly conversations that follow end up being read by over 7 million people in 36 languages around the world and counting.





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St. Giuseppe Moscati: Doctor to the Poor (2007)

(Original title (Italian): Giuseppe Moscati: L'amore che guarisce - Love that heals)


It is a 2007 Italian television movie written and directed by Giacomo Campiotti. The film is based on real life events of the doctor and then Roman Catholic Saint Giuseppe Moscati.


Upon graduation from medical school, an idealistic young doctor starts working in a hospital, in impoverished 1906 Naples. He quickly comes to the conclusion that the practice of medicine, especially when involving poor patients, needs a lot more compassion. He finds himself devoting his life to helping those in need, especially the destitute, with his skills and empathy.

When a beautiful princess becomes infatuated with him, the challenge arises on how to make room for a relationship in a life that is first and foremost devoted to public service.

The doctor's life story, followed through the rise of fascism a couple of decades later, is contrasted with the different life path followed by a friend of his with whom he had completed medical school.


Full movie with English subtitles:




Pollyanna (2003)


This film is called a cure for depression! 


Pollyanna is a young orphan with a positive, cheerful personality who comes to live with her wealthy, embittered, spinster aunt. She introduces everyone to her preacher father's favorite "Glad Game" and ends up transforming not only her aunt's life but the entire town. When the selfless, caring Pollyanna is severely injured in an accident, her spirits dip uncharacteristically, and the townsfolk rally around to help her regain her perspective, to rejoice in God, and look for the good.