idle cinema: springtime films

Sometimes films can feel just like spring - the season of renewal and (groundbreaking) florals.

Regardless of how the weather is acting up (we’re in England, after all), here is a selection of six films to fill your screen with sunshine and fresh air, in order of release.

Late Spring (1949) - Directed by Yasujirō Ozu

Late Spring is a cozy domestic story by Ozu, a patient observer of everyday life in Japan. It focuses on the dilemma faced by a doting young woman, whose widowed father is determined to find someone to marry her.

Le Bonheur (1965) - Directed by Agnès Varda

A bittersweet story with family picnics and sunflowers. A deceptively feel-good, beautiful film that defies the the ideas of loyalty and happiness in a modern, self-centered world.

Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) - Directed by Peter Weir

On a St. Valentine’s Day at the turn of the century, a group of boarding school girls go on an outing to Hanging Rock. There, through mysterious, unexplained circumstances, the girls begin to vanish. A delightful scene of flowy white dresses and greenery.

Marie Antoinette (2006) - Directed by Sofia Coppola

The retelling of France's iconic but ill-fated teenage queen, Marie Antoinette. Pastel gowns, floral patterns, pink cakes, blue skies and Versaille gardens - need we say more?

Moonrise Kingdom (2012) - Directed by Wes Anderson

Bright, upbeat, symmetrical, perfectly scored: the markings of any Wes Anderson film. A modern classic where two twelve-year-olds fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness.

Minari (2020) - Directed by Lee Isaac Chung

An adorable, heartwarming tale of a 7-year-old Korean-American boy and his family, whose life gets turned upside down when they move to rural Arkansas and start a farm in search of the American dream.