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Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things (2015)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 2016 (USA)
How might your life be better with less?

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Matt D'Avella
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Dan Harris ... Self - Author - 10% Happier
Ryan Nicodemus ... Self - The Minimalists
Rick Hanson ... Self - PhD - Neurospychologist
Jesse Jacobs ... Self - Entrepreneur
Shannon Whitehead ... Self - Sustainable-Apparel Consultant
Sam Harris ... Self - PhD - Neurospychologist
Juliet Schor ... Self - PhD - Economist & Sociologist
Patrick Rhone ... Self - Author - Enough
Yarrow Kraner ... Self - Director & Photographer
Joshua Fields Millburn ... Self - The Minimalists
Graham Hill ... Self - Founder - Lifeedited
David Friedlander ... Self - Communications Director - Lifeedited
Frank Mascia ... Self - Architect
Tammy Strobel ... Self - Author - You Can Buy Happiness (And It's Cheap)
Jay Austin ... Self - Tiny-House Designer
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How might your life be better with less? Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things examines the many flavors of minimalism by taking the audience inside the lives of minimalists from all walks of life -- families, entrepreneurs, architects, artists, journalists, scientists, and even a former Wall Street broker -- all of whom are striving to live a meaningful life with less.

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Imagine a life with less.

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Herself - Sustainable-Apparel Consultant: We're not going to ever be able to achieve the environmental gains that we're seeking, while still expecting our lives to be the same. We're going to have to give up a lot. The secret is that a lot of that we're not actually going to miss.
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I like the cause, but this documentary doesn't add much to it.
20 December 2016 | by cartesianthoughtSee all my reviews

Minimalism can be an eye-opening message for anyone who hasn't been exposed to it, but for most, it's too little too late. Documentaries like Food Inc and An Inconvenient Truth were ahead of their time, coming out before the zenith of the information age. But minimalism has pervaded through blogs, books, Youtube, college lectures and TED already, and making this documentary at this time was a very safe choice.

It has a little bit of everything, some dialogue from semi-famous bloggers (and Sam Harris), a few anecdotes, pictures, data, some shots of Americans being iphone-addicted slobs. It has a lot of good one liners but doesn't particularly go into any one thing in depth. I don't think I walked away from it knowing anything I didn't already know.

Every now and then, I do need a little reminder to cut back on my excess and focus on quality rather than quantity, and this movie does that. It's useful for that.But this joins a long line of works with the cliché message of "avoid consumerism, find fulfilment in your life and live in the woods maybe".


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