Because cinema is a mirror that reflects the reality of societies in general, and embodies social situations in its various forms and colors, it scrutinizes the details and raises issues. In many ways, it also contributes to creating a state of societal harmony that helps give a deeper meaning to life and our role in it. On the occasion of the International Day of Friendship, which falls on the 30th of July every year, we recall a bouquet of films that dealt with the issue of friendship in its various aspects.
Hachi: A Dog’s Tale
There were many Hollywood films that talked about friendship, and ideas branched between human and animal friendship, especially the dog that is famous for its loyalty to its owner. Roemer, which is based on a true story that took place in Japan and combined drama and humanity. The events of the film revolve around a man who finds a dog by chance, and tries to get rid of it, but the dog accompanies him, which leads him to keep it, and the strange thing in the story is that friendship can be established between all creatures and not only between humans, this dog is waiting for its owner at the train station, as He always used to and for nine years after his death until he dies in turn, a story that preoccupied public opinion at the time because of the ideal meanings that embody friendship, and a statue was erected in the name of the dog in the place where he witnessed his death.
The Shawshank Redemption
Another movie that makes a mark in the world of cinematic friendship, “The Shawshank Redemption”, which was released in 1994, starring Tim Robber and Morgan Freeman, directed by Frank Darabont, is considered the masterpiece of the nineties and the best cinematic work of all time, and it talks about the friendship that brought together “Andy” And “Alice” and how she was really strong and helped them overcome the injustice and difficult circumstances that surrounded them, and gave them the desire to love life.
Travel Pants Sisters
It is a typical movie about friendship, in which it talks about four friends, they are: Amber Tamblyn, Alexis Bledal, America Ferrera, and Blake Lively, circumstances make them separate and each girl moves to a different place, and they try to communicate with each other, in order to maintain the friendship between them. The film confirms the theory that true friendship is not erased by distances, and can be maintained at a distance.
Mamma Mia is a 2008 British romantic musical film based on the musical of the same name, starring Meryl Streep, and a second part was released ten years after the first part. Its events revolve around the friendship between Streep and her friends, who formed a musical band together in their youth, and it was the cornerstone that helped the mother overcome life’s obstacles and stand in the face of defeats.
Friendship films from American to Italian
The American cinema was not the only one that deals with friendship in its topics, but Italian cinema addressed this topic through an Italian thriller drama movie that achieved great success when it was shown, and was reproduced by 16 foreign and Arab countries, and its events revolve around seven friends who meet for dinner to watch the eclipse together, and during the time spent Time decides to play a dangerous game, as they openly share all the phone calls or messages that come on their phones while they are together, which threatens the continuation of relationships, after the shameful secrets that each of them hides from the closest people to him is revealed.
Friendship share in Arab films
One of the most famous Arab films that dealt with friendship is the movie: “Peace, my friend,” starring Adel Imam and Saeed Saleh, directed by Nader Galal. And then their relationship turns into a true friendship, which crossed the natural limits when Adel Imam accepted to dispense with the love of his life after he learned that his friend Saeed Saleh wants to be associated with her, he suppresses his feelings and those feelings turn into brothers only, so that he does not hesitate to take revenge for his friend when he is killed at the end the film.
Oh my world, my love
Ya Donia Ya Grammy is an Egyptian film that won international awards, produced by Studio 13, written and screenplayed by Mohamed Helmy Hilal, directed by Magdy Ahmed Ali, and starring Ilham Shaheen, Hala Sedky, and Laila Elwi, and it tells different details of each girl’s life, and brings them together. Strong friendship and help to overcome obstacles and find solutions. As for the movie “Friends and Business,” starring Mostafa Qamar and Hani Salama, directed by Ali Idris, it talks about friendship between celebrities, how a true friend can help his friend in the most difficult circumstances, and how situations show a true friend from a fake.
Egypt continues to fly on the issue of friendship, as it also launched the movie “Sahib His Sahib”, starring Mohamed Henedy and Ashraf Abdel Baqi, directed by Saeed Hamed, and its events revolve around “Gad” and “Osama” two friends from childhood days, and they are loaned abroad, but They cannot travel together, because one must remain to take care of the parents, and the events take place within a framework of comedy that shows the attempt of each person to pretend to be ill in order to keep his friend by his side, and the movie “The Nights Watch” includes an elite group of Egyptian stars who participated in a collective championship, They are Hanan Al-Turk, Jihan Fadel, Mona Zaki, Ola Ghanem, Sherif Mounir, Khaled Abu Al-Naga, Fathi Abdel-Wahab and Ahmed Helmy, directed by Hani Khalifa, and they presented a cinematic work that addresses marital problems in their various forms, and raises the importance of having a friend in life to provide support and advice in Time of need. The film showed that friendship does not end when we know how to turn it into a solid bond that carries with us difficulties and helps us overcome obstacles.
These films are but a few examples of what was shown in the cinema of films concerned with friendship, noting that many television works and series dealt with the concept of friendship as well, and perhaps the most prominent of these works on the international level is the series “Friends”, which has been shown for more than Nine seasons, and his heroes kept asking for new parts, and he also presented stars who have become a milestone in the Hollywood sky, led by Jennifer Aniston. .
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