Movies for Chronic Pain Setbacks

By: Loolwa Khazzoom, Founder, Dancing with Pain

April 3rd, 2009 • Living with Chronic PainPrint Print

There’s nothing worse than being subjected to bad television and film, on top of facing a chronic pain setback and being laid up in bed. Especially for women who are not brain dead, and the men who love us, there’s slim pickin’s out there!

So I’ve compiled a list of movies & TV series – whose names I can remember, that is – which warrant the stamp of my own personal “feminist safe” label. Doesn’t mean all gender roles are ideal, but they are generally acceptable, if not downright inspirational. Most of these movies are my favorites, a few are less amazing but still enjoyable flicks thrown in for good measure.

Some of these are indie, others mainstream, some are domestic, others foreign. I’m not going to bother writing up summaries or reviews, but you can always check them out by doing a simple internet search. Enjoy, and please let me know if there are others you’d like to recommend – both for me and my blog readers!

And for you movie buffs out there: I’m trying to remember the name of this powerful movie, I think from Saudi Arabia, definitely somewhere in the Middle East, where there is very little dialogue. It follows this woman doing all of her daily activities, and at the end of the movie, she just ups and leaves — walking into the vast expanse of desert. Know which film I’m talking about?

  1. A Fond Kiss (use subtitles on this one – Scottish accents – zowee!)
  2. Alias (TV series)
  3. At First Sight
  4. Battle in Seattle
  5. Cagney & Lacey (TV series)
  6. Camille Claudel
  7. Charlotte Gray
  8. Chocolat
  9. Crush (with Kenny Doughty and Andie MacDowell)
  10. Desire (with Greta Scacchi and Vincent D’Onofrio)
  11. Elizabeth (with Cate Blanchett)
  12. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  13. Europa Europa
  14. Finding Nemo
  15. Fight Girl
  16. Foxfire
  17. Garden State
  18. George Eliot: A Scandalous Life
  19. Girl Interrupted
  20. Girls Town
  21. Jane Austin flicks (any, especially “Becoming Jane”)
  22. La Double Vie de Veronique (sexually disturbing at the end, but the rest is great)
  23. Lady Jane
  24. Live and Become
  25. Mad Money
  26. Mermaids
  27. Monsoon Wedding
  28. Mr & Mrs. Smith
  29. No Reservations
  30. Queer as Folk (TV series and hot!)
  31. Say Anything
  32. Shalosh Imahot
  33. Swept from the Sea
  34. Tel Aviv Stories
  35. The Reader
  36. The Nasty Girl
  37. Thelma & Louise
  38. Titanic
  39. Vagabond
  40. Whale Rider


Anna May 7th, 2009

Have you seen “The Namesake”? I think it was directed by the same woman who did “Monsoon Wedding”.

Diana Lee April 26th, 2010

Alias was such a fabulous series. I loved the way Sydney totally kicked ass.
I also love to watch Arrested Development when I’m hurting a lot. It just lightens my mood.

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