They say that turning 30 is decisive in women's lives. It is an age of liberation from insecurities, financial independence and emotional maturity. This is the theory, because in fact, learning comes sooner or later for most people. For women preparing for this phase, Bula has put together a list of ten essential films to watch before the age of 30. It is important to note that the nominations can be watched by all adults, as they make important reflections on autonomy, relationships, empathy and priorities. Among those selected, “Livre” (2014), by Jean-Marc Vallée; and “Garotas de Futuro” (1997), by Mike Leigh. The titles are organized according to the year of release.
Rachel is a young woman addicted to work and cell phones. She was unable to relax even on her wedding day and was left at the altar by the groom. Desolate, Rachel receives a surprise visit from her father, Harry, who disappeared when she was still a child. In order not to miss the trip on the cruise she had planned for her honeymoon, Rachel invites her father to accompany her.
Irish young woman Ellis Lacey is dissatisfied with the life she leads in a small Irish town. In search of work, she moves to the United States and moves to Brooklyn. As much as he misses home, Ellis struggles to build a new life and falls in love with Tony, an Italian firefighter. A family tragedy takes her back to Ireland, where she meets Jim. Now, Ellis needs to decide between two countries and loves.
Freshman Tracy Fishko is feeling lonely in New York. In addition to not having friends in college, which prevents her from living the adventures she imagined, she also does not know the glamorous side of the metropolis. So, she decides to contact a girl named Brooke, who is the daughter of her mother's future husband. Tracy is soon enchanted by Brooke's personality and starts writing short stories about her.
After the mother's death from lung cancer, Cheryl Strayed goes into a deep depression, which she tries to disguise with drugs and anonymous sex. Thus, Cheryl also ends her marriage and finds herself facing a divorce. To redeem herself, she decides to invest in a new life with nature and ventures on a 1,100-mile trail along the Pacific Ocean coast. Cheryl begins her journey in the Mojave Desert in California, carrying only one backpack.
Despite finding the fashion industry superficial, journalist Andy gets a very competitive job in the business and starts working as a personal assistant to Miranda Priestly, chief editor of the famous magazine “Runway”. Andy's plan is to endure Miranda's snobbish behavior until he gets a chance as a reporter in another publication. But as she struggles to fulfill all of her boss's demands, she ends up moving away from her friends and her boyfriend, Nate.
Anna is a successful photographer who gets involved with Dan Woolf, an aspiring journalist who works by writing obituaries. Dan dates the beautiful and insecure stripper Alice, whom he treats as his inspiring muse. Some time later, Anna meets the dermatologist Larry and ends up marrying him. But, he can't get rid of Dan, at the same time that he can't separate from Alice.
Bob Harris is a decadent actor who is in Tokyo to shoot an advertising commercial. At the hotel, he meets Charlotte, a young philosopher who is in town accompanying her husband, a photographer for a rock band. Feeling lonely and bored in an unfamiliar city, Bob and Charlotte decide to tour Tokyo together. Over the days, they share their insecurities and frustrations.
In 1996, Annie travels to London to meet Hannah, her roommate during college, more than ten years ago. Annie, who still lives with her mother, admires Hannah's freedom, while her friend regrets having been forced to be independent since she was a child. Throughout the days together, they remember the adventures, joys and sorrows they lived during their youth.
Emma is the daughter of a small landowner in Normandy. An avid reader, she lives bored with the interior world and dreams of living a great romance, as in books. She ends up marrying Charles Bovary, a doctor with reasonable financial conditions who dedicates himself entirely to the sick. Tired of the monotonous life, Emma begins to get involved with lovers and to make debts in her husband's name.
Holly Golightly is a luxury call girl who dreams of marrying a millionaire. Every day, she has breakfast in front of the Tiffany jewelry store, admiring the jewelry sold on site. But Holly's plans change when she meets neighbor Paul Varjak, a young writer in a creative crisis, paid for by his lover. The two fall in love, but Holly fears to be involved in a relationship that runs counter to her goal of becoming rich.