"Queen to Play" (2009). French film about a middle-aged chambermaid's new-found passion for chess and how it changes her life. This is a gem that I highly recommend.
I've always been a fan of melody and emotional melancholy, whether it was Rites of Spring or Tears for Fears or Neil Young. If I hear a song that has a sweet melody, I'm a sucker for it, whether it's Linkin Park or Little Richard.