“Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world“- Jean-Luc Goddard. Fraud is deliberate trickery. There is this aspect in movies apart from making you believe what is shown is true for the duration.
There is a blend of truth and imagination. A good manipulator is one who adds truth to his lies; lot of it.
Also, truth is relative. It’s how we choose to see, that determines truth.
Its logic rather, that we seek in films than truth.
Clearly there is a lot of exaggeration in movies. This appears both as a way to impress the intensity and because of the compressed time frame of a movie in which entire lives or generations are shown. Even in movies based on true stories (Catch me if u can, Donnie Brasco, Goodfellas, A Scanner Darkly and several war movies in which we are shown battalions being shot and not how many are later revived; so we assume the worst). In some cases it is this imagination that inspires the happening. It is thus made true. (2001 space odyssey severely influenced the Mission Man on Moon, or for that matter ideas/gadgets from simple movies are made true)
Movies tend to explore “what if…?” What if humanity could travel interstellar? We’d have bigger wars and its upto one man to save us all. But the logical chain of happenings in all of them or the reactions of people is all based on a limited observed set and could be called true. Even if they sometimes are unexpected it is from this limited set that they are taken and some one did perceive it before, who originally put it so.
Another interesting aspect of daily life explored in several movies is coincidence (Magnolia and several other movies with multiple stories that concur at a point). In one manner of analysis, it seems that it may be possible; or very true; that one person or a few could severely and variously influence lives of others or outcomes unknowingly but normally. In other words, it seems quite possible that today the bus driver being late for say 5 minutes made you reach your...