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Ready for the world's greatest piece of empathy technology? It's the Point-of-View Gun. In the film The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Gallery, there is a wonderful moment describing how the Intergalactic Consortium of Angry Housewives commissioned a supercomputer to invent this unique weapon.
Yasujiro Ozu's film follows an elderly couple, Shukichi and Tomi Hirayama, as they visit their apparently disinterested children. It is only when they are in the company of their widowed daughter-in-law, Noriko, that they are shown any consideration or respect.
It's 1985, and in London a group of young gay men and women (well, one woman to begin with) led by the charismatic, Irish Mark Ashton, are raising money to help embattled miners, for no other reason than that they know what it's like to be picked on too.
In my view, this is the quintessential empathy movie. A mother and a daughter change perspectives about life, love and family responsibilities, after they get to experience one full (hence freaky) Friday in each other's body.
What Maisie Knew is a film directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel. It's a beautiful adaptation of the Henry James novel of the same title, written in 1897, about Maisie the daughter of a divorced couple and irresponsible parents.
On a Manchester council estate, Bob, an unemployed family man, attempts to raise money to buy a communion dress for his young daughter. He is driven to extremes - both comic and tragic - to get the cash, and ends up putting his family at risk to do so.