Cafe Talk: reaction to Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things

It was about 8pm, August 2nd. I snuggled up with a furry throw, headphones in my ears, and my Surface 2 perched in the perfect position for me to watch the new documentary by The Minimalists. With great anticipation, I pressed play.

The following are my thoughts regarding the new film called Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things.

I have been following The Minimalists for quite some time now and have spent a significant amount of time reading through the essays on their blog. I have also done a fairly vast amount of research on the concept of minimalism myself before watching the film. That being said, this documentary could be the perfect introduction to someone who has never heard of the concept. If you are wanting to introduce minimalism to a friend or family member, I recommend this film.

The documentary looks at different lifestyles within minimalism such as tiny house living, living as a family in the suburbs, and minimalist back packing. However, the film itself only touches on these as introductions into different ways to live. It is actually very clearly stated that people should take the bits and pieces of minimalism that works best for their lifestyle.

That being said, if you have been a minimalist for a while now, I don’t necessarily think that this film is essential for your continuation or development as a minimalist. If you have done your research prior, you will have likely already heard many of the things being said in the film.

On reflecting about my experience, I realized that I had been expecting to gain some fascinating new insight into minimalism that I hadn’t already gained by watching this documentary. The truth is that I have already learned most of what I needed to, in order to continue my minimalist pursuits. However, what I enjoyed about the film is that I felt affirmed. In a world where living with less is considered different and weird, it feels good to be reminded that you are not alone. There are many others who are facing this backwards society with you. And the movement is growing.

Lastly, this film provoked some soul searching for me in thinking about what matters most to me. After all the stuff is gone, what remains? What am I passionate about? What do I want to do now that I will regret not having done in the future?

These questions are somewhat still unanswered. I’m still learning about what brings me joy and what I want my life to really be about. I have yet to watch any of the six additional hours of bonus interview footage, but I’m excited to hear other people’s stories and how they found meaning in their lives.

I know my thoughts are a little all over the place (my apologies), but I guess I’m still piecing together what I gained from watching it.

Bottom line:

If you want to introduce minimalism to someone who’s never heard of it, I recommend this film.

If you want to support your fellow minimalists, buy this film.

Will you gain completely fresh and new insights that you did not have before? Not necessarily, but it’s definitely thought provoking.


I’d love to hear what you guys thought about the film! Did you learn anything? Were you reminded of anything? Let me know in the comments!

As always, good luck to you – where ever you are in your journey!





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  1. I got the invitation versus email but being a work night didn’t want to commit to watching it. I am considering downloading over the weekend. I am happy for your input as I too am hoping for something new to learn. But I suppose it really is all about different lifestyles and those things that bring joy to each.

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  2. Watched it about a month or so ago when it came to a local theatre. I had read some of their blog prior to going and was in the beginnings of the minimalist process. In fact, I am still in the beginnings but making progress. I love the movie and the pod casts too. I think it is a great way to sort of explain your journey. Others may take what they want out of it and leave other things but I am of the opinion that most of us lead a life of abundance to some degree. There is always room to re-focus less on things and more on people and time and experiences.

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  3. A very thoughtful review. I have been greatly looking forward to watching it and hopefully will be able to do so.

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