Films

These films are used in the Gifts Compass training for professionals. Each illustrates an aspect of psychological types or individuation discussed in the training.


About Schmidt
Warren Schmidt has arrived at several of life's crossroads all at the same time. Schmidt is retiring from a lifetime of service as life insurance actuary, and he feels utterly adrift. His wife dies suddenly and his only daughter is about to marry a boob. With no job, no wife, and no family, Warren is desperate to find something meaningful in his thoroughly unimpressive life. He sets out on a journey of self-discovery, exploring his roots. During this darkly comic and painful odyssey, Warren details his adventures and shares his observations with an unexpected new friend and confessor, a six-year-old Tanzanian orphan whom he sponsors. From these long letters filled with a lifetime of things unsaid, Warren begins—perhaps for the first time—to discover his true self and to glimpse the life he has left unlived.

The Legend of Bagger Vance
The film uses golf as the venue for tale of self-discovery. Rannulph Junuh's incredible prowess at the game of golf makes him the pride of Savannah in 1916. Junuh enlists to fight in World War I and returns a broken man. Junuh is coerced into representing his hometown in a tournament against golf legends Bobby Jones and Walter Hagen. But Junuh has lost his swing, and only begins to find it again with the help of Bagger Vance, a mysterious drifter who appears out of the night and offers his services as a caddy. Vance symbolizes a transcendent guide, teaching Junuh not only about finding his swing in the game, but also about finding his authentic self in life.

The Accidental Tourist
While attending summer camp, the 12-year-old son of long-married Macon and Sarah is brutally murdered. A year after their child was murdered, Macon and Sarah find it difficult to relate to one another, much less cope with their loss. They separate. Macon, who writes travel books for businessmen about traveling comfortably without upsets, continues to live isolated from the world until he meets a dog trainer, quirky, free-spirited, flamboyant, and his opposite in every way. She, an "anima" figure, challenges him to discover a side to himself that has been too long neglected, and he resists with all his conscious might the compelling pull of unconscious energies that she ignites in him.

Tucker: The Man and His Dream
Tucker, the automobile entrepreneur who was way ahead of his time, illustrates well the energy of extraverted attitudes, especially extraverted intution, that give shape to the world. Brilliant, energetic, visionary, Tucker is captured by his dream of making a better car and safer automobile. He was the epitomy of what Bob Lutz of General Motors would call a "car guy." In the opposition of businessmen and politicians entrenched in tradition and the status quo, we can also see evidence of some of the other extraverted attitudes that often look to sustaining the standards and norms of the world—standards, norms, ways of operating that must be maintained for the sake of preserving an orderly world.

Whale Rider
There is a legend that Paikea rode on the back of a whale and led his people to New Zealand. Since that time tradition has decreed that the first-born male descendant will become chief of the tribe. Then Pai is born . . . and she is a girl. She grows up within a close-knit village which retains the tribes traditional spiritual relationship with the sea and their warrior values. Although loved by all, Pai faces rejection from her grandfather, Koro, who is brokenhearted that there is no grandson to carry on the line. Feminine and masculine oppositions; archetypal connections to the ancestors the sea, and the whales; typological differences; personal destiny; and the well-being of community are themes richly woven through this touching and heart-warming tapestry of life in a tribal village in New Zealand.

Billy Elliot
The life of 11-year old Billy Elliot, a coal-miner's son in a brutish mining town, is forever changed when he stumbles upon a ballet class during his weekly boxing lesson. Something within him is intrigued. His natural affinity for dance, draws him ever closer to the feminine, sensual, artistic life that runs diametrically counter to the expectations of his volatile, intolerant father and his harshly masculine neighborhood. Like a butterfly confronted with the walls of its chrysalis, he must struggle and fight his way out of the impinging life of coal mining town and the familial expectations that would deny him both his passion and his destiny. His struggle elicits fierce emotion and raw frustration; it is the struggle for individuation.

No Direction Home
A narrative of Bob Dylan's early life, the film moves from Dylan growing up in cold-war Minnesota through Greenwich Village coffeehouses and the Newport Folk Festival, climaxing in the controversial 1966 U.K. tour that crowned a period of unbridled and explosive creativity. In his transition from Robert Allen Zimmerman to Bob Dylan, we observe him concocting his impossible-to-describe, unique combination of the topical with the archaic, like an ancient oracle. The documentary illustrates, through the life of singer/song-writer Bob Dyland, the upredictable, unconventional, compellingly creative urgings of the introverted attitudes--espcecially the introverted receptive types.