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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Harris Dan Harris ... Himself - Author - 10% Happier
Ryan Nicodemus Ryan Nicodemus ... Himself - The Minimalists
Rick Hanson Rick Hanson ... Himself - PhD - Neurospychologist
Jesse Jacobs Jesse Jacobs ... Himself - Entrepreneur
Shannon Whitehead Shannon Whitehead ... Herself - Sustainable-Apparel Consultant
Sam Harris Sam Harris ... Himself - PhD - Neurospychologist
Juliet Schor Juliet Schor ... Herself - PhD - Economist & Sociologist
Patrick Rhone Patrick Rhone ... Himself - Author - Enough
Yarrow Kraner Yarrow Kraner ... Himself - Director & Photographer
Joshua Fields Millburn ... Himself - The Minimalists
Graham Hill Graham Hill ... Himself - Founder - Lifeedited
David Friedlander David Friedlander ... Himself - Communications Director - Lifeedited
Frank Mascia Frank Mascia ... Himself - Architect
Tammy Strobel Tammy Strobel ... Herself - Author - You Can Buy Happiness (And It's Cheap)
Jay Austin Jay Austin ... Himself - 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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Language:

English

Release Date:

2016 (USA) See more »

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Gross USA:

$261,865

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$261,865
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Filmed in Missoula, Montana. See more »

Quotes

Jay Austin: 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 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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Great idea, disappointing execution
24 November 2016 | by rjlbattySee all my reviews

I agree with and try to live in accordance with the central idea that this documentary is trying to get across - focus on the important things rather than on consumer objects. But this documentary was a disappointment - I didn't even get all the way through. It's light on content, repeating the same basic ideas over and over. And using the book tour as a central narrative was dull and made the documentary look like an advert for the book.

Instead, I would have loved to have seen other issues explored. How do different minimalists do it differently? Is minimalism just a way of having a nice low-stress life or do people use it as a basis for helping others? What are some practical ways of reducing costs? How do people blend it with other alternative ways of living? How have people lived minimally in history? Does it work better in a city or the countryside? etc.


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