To me, a film or a novel will be the greater and more interesting the more inner life and less outter life it depicts.In bad movies the outer action is there for its own sake, where what makes good art lies in making the inner life into the most dramatic and violent “actions” with the least amount of expenditure of outer life because the thinking mind is more interested in the motions of the internal lives.  Great filmmakers or novelist don’t have to narrate grand/action packed events, but to highlight small ones and make them interesting.