In these troubled, confusing, anxious, limbo-like times, I have a great temptation to dust off a few feelgood movies. Of course my comfort zone could well be your “feel slightly nauseous I need to chunder zone”.
Off the top of my head, My neighbour Totoro, Gregory’s Girl, Happy as Lazzaro, Ed Wood, Pride and On Body and Soul (Indiko Enyedi’s magnificent Hungarian romcom set in a slaughterhoue) all fit the bill.
A comfort zone movie or TV show does not necessarily have to be a masterpiece.
During the week a friend mentioned a wonderful treat Tawny Pipit, a film I had never heard of. A 1944 Ealingesque comedy about birdwatching during wartime filmed on location in the Cotswolds.
It is like walking into the pages of an Enid Blyton novel or vintage Agatha Christie. The English countryside looks magnificent. A delightful Albion full of afternoon teas, crusty old colonels and friendly villagers who unite to protect some a pair of hatching tawny pipits.
An England that probably never existed outside the ages of the Torygraph and the imagination of Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells. But wonderful anyway.
Please share your comfort zone movies and TV shows.
Do not be embarrassed. I am broadminded. If they are the kind of movies that one has ro have a packet of tissues on hand to watch, that is fine by me.