10 MOVIES, 10 UNIQUE LESSONS

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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: the obvious lesson was the importance of our memories. I found another compelling lesson in this one - there are some mistakes we've made before but we inevitably and knowingly have to make them again.
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    Amelie: enjoy the little things. Make a romantic life, full of little pleasures for yourself.
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    Frances Ha: your friends are obviously a wonderful part of your life. However, you can't rely on them to define or guide you.
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    You and Me and Everyone we Know: we all crave a little more human intimacy. We're all a little confused how to get there though.
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    SLC Punk: if you want to make a difference you actually have to take action, which also often involves compromise. You can't just dress the part.
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    500 Days of Summer: sometimes you remember relationships (or other things for that matter) as being better than they really were. You can't see a situation clearly when you're in it and emotionally subjective.
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    Big Fish: remember your life how you want to. Especially in whacky and fantastical ways. Don't let anyone take away the story you wanna make.
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    Vicky Cristina Barcelona: being a brooding, tortured artist may have an attractive surface but it's far too exhausting to be or be involved with.
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    Waking Life: your dreams are a bigger part of your life than you realize. Reality is an ambiguous term.
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    Mr. Nobody: every choice you make has the potential to completely dictate your future. The fact that we can't predict how things will happen is wonderful and tragic. Although perhaps it is best that we don't see all the possible outcomes of our decisions, that would make it nearly impossible to just live.