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Hollywood films about needing a friend during isolation

Loneliness is a bummer alright. Especially when you’re cut off from the world. It helps to have a companion during this hour of need. Someone you can talk to, someone you can share your anxieties, your fears. Someone who calms you by their mere presence. Name a subject and Hollywood seems to have a movie ready for it. Presenting a list of films which bring to light the importance of having a lockdown companion.

The Blue Lagoon (1980)

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It’s a romantic survival drama film directed by Randal Kleiser and stars Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins. Two children get stranded on a deserted island when the ship they were sailing in meets with an accident. The ship’s cook escapes with them and teaches them the rudiments of survival before passing away on a drunken stupor some months later. As they reach puberty, the teenagers undergo sexual awakening. The girl gets pregnant and later gives birth to a boy. The duo decides to make the island their home and don’t signal to ships that pass. The family is in a rowboat when a shark attacks them and they survive by throwing oars at it. They pass out after eating some poisonous berries but fortunately, the boy’s father, who was searching for them all along, finds them.  

Cast Away (2000) 

Hollywood, isolation, friend are the key words

Tom Hanks plays a systems analyst who travels all over the world solving systems problems for FedEx. The small plane he’s travelling in gets caught in a storm and crashes into the Pacific Ocean. He somehow escapes and makes it to a small deserted island. Several items that were part of the plane’s cargo also drift to the island. In need of a companion, he draws a face with his blood on a volleyball, calls it Wilson and starts talking to it. The ball becomes his companion during the next four years and he actually cries when he loses it when he’s trying to sail away from the island. Thankfully, he is found by a cargo ship and is brought back to civilization. 

The Snow Walker (2003)

Hollywood, isolation, friend are the key words

The Snow Walker is a Canadian film written and directed by Charles Martin Smith and starring Barry Pepper and Annabella Piugattuk, who is of Inuit origin. A pilot is asked by a group of Inuit people to carry a young woman to the nearest hospital. They bribe him with valuable Walrus tusks to do the job. However, their aircraft develops engine trouble and he has to make a crash landing. They are stranded in the middle of nowhere with winter approaching. However, the sick young woman helps the young man learn survival skills practised by her people since aeons and slowly the two companions bond, even killing a couple of caribous to tide over winter. It’s a story about grit and determination and of two people from different backgrounds finding solace in each other. 

Life Of Pi (2012)

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Based on a novel written by Yann Martel carrying the same name and directed by Ang Lee, the film, starring Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Rafe Spall, Tabu, Adil Hussain, and Gerard Depardieu, the film narrates the story of an Indian man named Pi Patel. He tells a novelist about how at 16 he survived a shipwreck and is adrift in the Pacific Ocean on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger for company. The tiger and the boy become uneasy companions at best and the boy learns that caring for the big cat is helping him keep sane. The duo have many adventures before he drifts off the coast of Mexico and is eventually rescued, while the tiger escapes into the jungle. The real question is, was the animal real or was it a figment of the boy’s imagination?

The Red Turtle (2016)

Hollywood, isolation, friend are the key words

This is one of the most beautiful animation films that you’ll ever see. Directed by Dutch animator Michaël Dudok de Wit and produced by Wild Bunch and Studio Ghibli, this poignant film tells the story of a man shipwrecked on a deserted island meeting a giant red female turtle who later turns into a woman. They become companions and later lovers and in due course of time have a son. The boy becomes friendly with some green turtles and eventually swims away. The couple becomes old together on the island and one night the man dies. After mourning his passing for a while in the morning, the woman transforms herself back into a red turtle and swims away. The wonder is that the film doesn’t have any dialogue and yet the message of peace, love and harmony does reach out.