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Good movies that help cope with social anxiety?


I know this is probably the wrong place to ask, but the Entertainment forum deals with more general (not s.a) topics, and this one gets more views, so...

My question is if anyone knows some good movies that deal with a shy or introverted person that feels alienated from life? I find these types of movies very inspirational, but the small indie flicks are hard to come by, so I need some recommendations.

The movies I've seen that fit this criteria are:
Amelie
Thumbsucker
Chumscrubber
American Beauty
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Punch-Drunk Love is the correct answer.

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May was one weird movie.

I agree with the above post on American Beauty.

Its a shame that odd, strange charecters exist in movies yet I cannot ever find one in real life.
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Donnie Darko?

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Crumb is probably the ultimate for me, but here's some obscure ones:

Floundering, Gen-X indie that is hard to categorize and has loads of famous or soon-to-be-famous actors in cameo roles. Some would relate to the character's internal monologues. Hated the shiny-happy ending though.

God's Lonely Man, extremely bleak Taxi Driver redux with a performance by the lead that almost reminds me as much of Woody Allen as it does Deniro. Good DVD commentary too.

Even Hitler Had a Girlfriend, which I've mentioned elsewhere, but it's a mini-masterpiece. A sex-obsessed security guard spends his entire life-savings on escorts. While it's a goofy low-budget comedy packed with gratuitous T&A, it doubles as a superior character study of a desperately lonely, overweight, charismaless, involuntary celibate.

The Jimmy Show, stars one of my favorite actors Frank Whaley as a born loser/failure who tries a shot at stand-up comedy on local open-mike nights. Ultra-depresso and the stand-up segments are painful. The movie is almost like a realistic continuation of Whaley's earlier loser role in Career Opportunities if his character's adventures with Jennifer Connelly were just an extended dream he had sleeping at work, leading to him waking up to another lost job.

Does anyone know if Roman is any good? I hear it's like May with a male character, but then again I haven't seen May yet either...
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My Best Friend (French film)
It's about the main character learning to make friends, not SA but you really feel for him
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0778784/plotsummary
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Good topic. I never really thought about this before. I will have to look into all of these films. I know, Amelie was a good one.
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Also, I never knew what American Beauty was about. But lots of ppl have told me about it.
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Harold and Maude
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Oh, and I just rewatched Napoleon Dynamite for the first time basically since it came out. The girl (Debbie?) appears to have SA. Strange the things you pick up from watching a movie twice.

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good answers. plus...

The 40 Year-Old Virgin
Welcome to the Dollhouse
Lars and the Real Girl
Taxi Driver
About Schmidt
Edward Scissorhands
Lost in Translation
A Beautiful Mind
Buffulo 66
Leaving Las Vegas
One Hour Photo
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I know this is probably the wrong place to ask, but the Entertainment forum deals with more general (not s.a) topics, and this one gets more views, so...

My question is if anyone knows some good movies that deal with a shy or introverted person that feels alienated from life? I find these types of movies very inspirational, but the small indie flicks are hard to come by, so I need some recommendations.

The movies I've seen that fit this criteria are:
Amelie
Thumbsucker
Chumscrubber
American Beauty
Some of the best films I've seen lately have been things that people would never hear about other than word of mouth...just because they are not from Hollywood and forced down our throats with McDonalds special edition happy meals etc.

Anyway, check out a film called "Garage" from Ireland. You can download it from one of the torrent websites.
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Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eternal..._Spotless_Mind
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If you need an encouraging movie, than I would suggest watching "Men of Honor".
It's based on a true story.
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Adam's Apples (Adams ębler)

An excellent dark dramedy from Denmark. It's more about misfits than the sociophobic, though.
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I see a lot of movies here that are about Anxiety only, why not some cool movies as well?

Casino
Goodfellas
ANY 007 Film
Adaptation
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Rocky (adrinne had that shyness disease remember)
the color purple
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The Heart is a Lonely Hunter: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063050/
The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071691/
The Conversation: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071360/
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good answers. plus...

The 40 Year-Old Virgin
Welcome to the Dollhouse
Lars and the Real Girl
Taxi Driver
About Schmidt
Edward Scissorhands
Lost in Translation
A Beautiful Mind
Buffulo 66
Leaving Las Vegas
One Hour Photo
hehehe... One Hour Photo is not an encouraging movie (even though it's gorgeous)
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