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Reincarnation

ReligionTo understand reincarnation, we need to understand the nature of our mind, and how our body and mind are separate entities. Understanding how our body and mind are separate entities, we can understand how even though the body disintegrates at death, the continuum of the mind remains unbroken. Instead of ceasing, the mind simply leaves the present body and goes to the next life.

Reincarnation: Movies

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Reincarnation seems to have captured the imagination of many and the idea receives regular mentions in feature films, popular books, and popular music.

Transmigration, although not directly referred to as such, has been used frequently to the point of cliché in the sense of people "switching bodies," in which the identities of two or more characters transmigrate to each others bodies.

Reincarnation Movies

Movies with the theme of Reincarnation
Cafe De Flore (2011) R
Cafe de Flore is a love story about people separated by time and place but connected in profound and mysterious ways. Atmospheric, fantastical, tragic and hopeful, the film chronicles the parallel fates of Jacqueline, a young mother with a disabled son in 1960s Paris, and Antoine, a recently divorced, successful DJ in present day Montreal. What binds the two stories together is love - euphoric, obsessive, tragic, youthful, timeless love. 
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The Search for Bridey Murphy (1956) NR
The Search for Bridey Murphy was inspired by the purportedly true story of a Colorado housewife named Virginia Tighe, who while under hypnosis insisted that she'd lived a previous life as an 18th century Irish housemaid named Bridey Murphy. The hypnosis sessions were conducted under the supervision of Dr. Morey Bernstein, who later wrote a book on the subject.
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On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970) G
Director Vincente Minnelli's fantastical musical centers on the past-life experiences of a brash New Yorker (Barbra Streisand), who speaks as a woman living in Victorian England when put under hypnosis by her shrink (Yves Montand). Fascinated by his patient, the doc's determined to extract the root of her neurosis, which overcomes her as she see-saws between her modern life and her alternate, albeit far-fetched, existence.
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Being Human  (1994) PG-13
In five distinct yet cleverly interlocked roles, Robin Williams is a cave dweller, a Roman slave, a medieval wayfarer, a Portuguese nobleman shipwrecked in Africa and a modern Manhattanite whose homelife has hit the rocks. Each character reaches for survival, love, belonging - for all the things that made humankind draw together in the first place. Each is a human being faced with an unforgettable and universal challenge: Being Human.
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I've Lived Before (1956) UR
Jock Mahoney plays a contemporary pilot who survives a plane crash. Upon awakening, he is under the delusion that he is another airman, who died during the first World War. The authorities pass this insistence off as delirium, until Mahoney starts recounting events and intimacies that only the long-dead pilot would know. Ann Harding portrays the ageing former lover of the soul trapped within Mahoney's body.
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Orlando (1992) PG-13
Director Sally Potter adapts Virginia Woolf's 1928 allegorical novel about a woman who lives for 400 years -- the first half as a man -- in this surrealist study of sex and gender roles throughout the ages. The transition from man to woman and from the 16th to the 20th century is realized by Tilda Swinton's breakthrough performance and the film's Oscar-nominated costumes and art direction. Quentin Crisp plays Queen Elizabeth I.
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Beloved (1999) R
Oprah Winfrey stars as a former slave who suffers mightily to protect her family in this adaptation of Toni Morrison's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about slavery's lasting effects on a black family in 1873 Ohio. An former slave woman and her daughter are living in Ohio in the 1870's, when they are visited by an old male friend. The visit triggers memories of the woman's older dead daughter, and then a feral girl arrives who may be the ghost of the girl.
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Delivering Milo (2001) PG
Milo enjoys being a boy in heaven, hanging out with no particular responsibilities and doing card tricks. When one of the young guys in charge tells Milo it’s time for him to reincarnate, Milo reluctantly gets in line with the other kids in front of the big Door to rebirth, then at the last minute refuses to go through.  A guardian angel has 24 hours to convince his soul that life on Earth is worth the effort.
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Spiritual Warriors (2007) PG-13 
We rally with Finn, an out-of-work actor, through his harrowing escape from a drug deal gone bad into his unexpected, intriguing friendship with Roger (Robert Easton), a compelling and patient spiritual teacher. Through his many challenges and the steady support of Roger, Finn comes face to face with the truth of his spiritual nature and the purpose of his life --- to love. Gets his life together with past life revelations from a personal guru.
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The Nines (2007) R
Ryan Reynolds, Melissa McCarthy and Hope Davis appear in multiple roles in writer-director John August's independent thriller, which combines three intertwining stories that creatively converge in unexpected ways. A popular TV actor is under house arrest in "The Prisoner"; a TV producer struggles to launch a new series in "Reality Television"; and a video-game designer seeks help for his stranded family in "Knowing."
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The Red Violin (1999) R
When the long-lost "red violin," a rare instrument crafted during the Italian Renaissance, shows up at a modern auction, it reveals its mysterious history -- and the lives of its previous owners -- in a series of flashbacks spanning three centuries. Samuel L. Jackson co-stars as a curious connoisseur in this acclaimed production that won an Oscar for Best Original Score and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.  
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Slaughter House-Five (1972)  R
Kurt Vonnegut's multilayered novel makes it to the big screen in fine fettle as a haunting, poetic and funny elegy involving Billie Pilgrim (Michael Sacks), who survives the horrific firebombing of Dresden at the end of World War II. Pilgrim subsequently lives out simultaneous past lives as a POW and a well-loved zoo resident on the planet Tralfamadore, and a present-day life as an aging optometrist from New York.
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The Road to Yesterday (1925) NR
Malena's apparent frigidity toward her husband Kenneth is a result of injustice done in an earlier incarnation when he was a knight and she was a gypsy headed for burning at the stake. This becomes evident when their unconscious minds travel back from a train wreck in the American plains to Elizabethan England.
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Reincarnation of Peter Proud (1975)  R
When college professor Peter Proud begins to experience flashbacks from a previous incarnation, he is mysteriously drawn to a place he has never been before but which is troublingly familiar. As if drawn to her by cosmic force, he soon finds himself unwittingly in the company of his previous incarnation's wife.
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Don Juan DeMarco (1995) PG-13
Don Juan de Marco is either a kid from Queens or the reincarnation of the world's greatest lover. John Mickler is either a burned-out psychiatrist at Woodhaven State Hospital or 17th-century nobleman Don Octavio de Flores. Take all the possible permutations and combinations resulting from the unexpected collision of these four personalities and you get Don Juan de Marco, an airy fantasy written and directed by Jeremy Leven and brought to life by Johnny Depp (Don Juan) and a much-restrained Marlon Brando (Mickler). 
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Eternity (1990) R
Voight wars with his brother, played by Armand Assante, over a mediaeval kingdom. He wakes up and sees everyone in his real life as being reincarnations of the people in his dream. Assante is now an industrialist out to control the media and the US presidency. He attempts to buy out Voight's TV show to silence him.
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Little Buddha (1994) PG
Keanu Reeves and Bridget Fonda star in this moving drama from Academy Award-winning director Bernardo Bertolucci. In a big American city, a boy and his family discover the story of a prince in a land of miracles. But the miracle becomes real when Tibetan monks appear, searching for their leader's reincarnation ... who they believe to be the boy. Suddenly, their worlds meet, leading the Americans on an extraordinary adventure.
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P.S. (2004) R
College admissions officer Louise Harrington (Laura Linney), a divorced woman in her late thirties, is looking for someone special enough to put her heart on the line, but the only man she's ever loved died 20 years ago. When a college applicant, Scott (Topher Grace), appears to be her true love reincarnated, will Louise finally find the happiness she seeks? Or is Scott just playing along to get into the Ivy League? Gabriel Byrne co-stars.
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Dean Spanley (2008) NR
At a visiting swami's lecture, Edwardian gentleman Fisk (Jeremy Northam) meets his district's strange new clergyman, Dean Spanley (Sam Neill). The dean is a firm believer in reincarnation, which he expounds upon freely when drinking a particular Hungarian wine. Curious, Fisk delivers a case of the stuff to the dean, regaling in the man's stories about his previous life as a dog. Peter O'Toole co-stars in this offbeat British comedy.
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Yesterday's Children (2000) TV  [True Story]
Jenny Cole keeps having the same recurring dreams about living in another time and another country. Her conclusion? That she was reincarnated and is remembering her past life as a troubled Irish woman living in the 1930s! To prove that she’s right, Jenny actually takes a trip to Ireland to get to the truth. It’s a wild, true story conveyed perfectly by TV movie queen Jane Seymour. 
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Kundun (1997) PG
A change of pace for director Martin Scorsese, this biopic about the life of the Dalai Lama was filmed with a cast of unknowns in Morocco when film crews were forbidden to enter Tibet. The Lama's escape during the Chinese invasion, meetings with Chairman Mao and eventual exile in India are vividly depicted with Oscar-nominated cinematography (by Roger Deakins), music (by Philip Glass), costumes and art direction.
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Audrey Rose (1977) PG
The only thing Bill and Janice Templeton want is a peaceful life with their 11-year-old daughter, Ivy (Susan Swift). But their dreams turn into nightmares when Ivy begins to suffer from horrific memories of events that never occurred. Things only get weirder when a mysterious British stranger (Anthony Hopkins) tries to convince the family that Ivy is actually the reincarnation of his daughter, Audrey Rose, who died 11 years earlier.
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Dead Again (1991) R
Los Angeles gumshoe Mike Church (Kenneth Branagh) takes the case of a woman (Emma Thompson) beset with amnesia and soon makes the startling discovery that he and his client are connected -- via reincarnation -- to a lurid, 40-year-old murder. Branagh is convincing as an American private investigator, and he gets fine support from Thompson (his real-life wife at the time) in this inventive modern noir thriller.
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Racing Daylight (2007) NR
After returning to the family farm to take care of her comatose grandmother (Leclanche Durand), Sadie Stokes (Melissa Leo) sees the ghost of a Civil War soldier (David Strathairn) in the mirror and begins to take on the persona of her own ancestor, Anna. Before long, she is caught up in a mysterious romance. Told in three short films, this supernatural love story marks Nicole Quinn's directorial debut.  
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Chances Are  (1989) PG
A celestial boo-boo sends soul-in-limbo Louie Jeffries into the body of Alex Finch (Robert Downey Jr.) in this heavenly romantic comedy. Louie lies dormant until Alex starts dating Miranda (Mary Stuart Masterson) -- the daughter of Louie's widow, Corinne (Cybill Shepherd). When Louie's memories are unleashed, Emile Ardolino's film gets as complex as a Shakespearian comedy, forcing all the players to sort out the remarkable events.
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Made in Heaven (1987) PG
In this ethereal drama that toys with standard notions of love and mortality, Mike Shea (Timothy Hutton) -- en route to California to start a new life -- has a fatal accident and ascends to heaven, where he meets the beautiful Annie (Kelly McGillis). The catch? Unlike Mike, Annie has another reincarnation to complete, and the time comes when she's called back to earth. Desperate not to lose his beloved, Mike makes a deal with his guardian angel.
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What Dreams May Come (1998)  PG-13
Robin Williams plays Chris Nielson, a kind of everyman who dies in a car accident and goes straight to heaven. Overcome with grief, his wife, Annie (Annabella Sciorra), commits suicide and ends up in slightly warmer climes. Undeterred, Nielson embarks on an epic journey to hell (assisted by angelic Cuba Gooding Jr.) to find his despairing wife. Lush special effects will make this movie resonate in your own dreams.
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Goodbye Charlie (1964) NR
Shot by a jealous husband, Charley falls out a porthole and is lost at sea only to find himself returned as an attractive blond woman. His best friend is staying at his house as he puts Charlie's affairs in order and after being convinced, finds himself an unwilling helper in Charlie's new plan to marry into money.
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You Will Meet a Tark Dark Stranger (2010) R
After her husband's (Anthony Hopkins) midlife crisis drives him into the arms of a younger woman (Lucy Punch), Helena (Gemma Jones) consults a psychic (Pauline Collins) to learn what fate has in store for her and is told that she'll soon meet a tall, dark stranger who will become the love of her life. Meanwhile, the pair's daughter (Naomi Watts) and her husband (Josh Brolin) grapple with their own extramarital attractions.
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