These movies will break your heart and crush your soul.
The love month has officially hushed to a close. And if you’re here looking to pour one out, it might mean that February didn’t really work out for you. I’m not saying draining yourself of your tears is something you should regularly do, but definitely when it relieves some of your baggage you should do it.
You know what helps? Movies. Here are some movies that will make you want to quickly cry one out. Of course, if you’re just looking to replenish your movie queue, that’s cool too.
Following Norfolk lovers preparing for their 45th anniversary, 45 Years is directed by Andrew Haigh, the same dude who made Weekend, and the HBO series “Looking”, two stories that accurately reflect what it’s like to be a young gay man today. A body of a young woman named Katya disrupts the relationship of the couple, because just how would you react if the long lost body of your first love suddenly emerges? I’ll shut up right here, so as not to disservice the film’s glory by saying any more. Watch it. You’ll thank me later.
All About Lily Chou-Chou
This is a special one for me, as is the case for many people I know. Music is special, and that’s never been truer than in this movie.
Made me ugly-cry. It doesn’t surprise me either. The film is directed by Michael Haneke and stars Emmanuelle Riva and Isabelle Huppert. Tearjerker or not, that’s got to be a win, right?
Ang Tatay Kong Nanay
Dolphy in one of his best films playing his most important role as a gay man raising a son. But you already know this. If you didn’t, go do yourself a favor and watch it.
La La Land without the omniscient jazz music. Ryan Gosling falling in and out of love with a doe-eyed woman. What’s not to like?
If 2016 was less of a shitty year, the Academy would have pulled yet another Steve Harvey and announced it as that year’s Best Picture. Because it was. The film is about a forbidden love affair between a young photographer (Rooney Mara) and an elder woman (Cate Blanchett).
Come And See
Set in the Soviet war in Russia, Elem Klimov’s 1985 drama Come and See follows a youngster forced into fighting with Resistance fighters. I’ve seen plenty of war dramas but this got me real hard.
One of the better films to have come out in 2015 (I genuinely think it is, film enthusiasts, fight me!). Eula Valdez and Nonie Buencamino’s performances are impassioned, pulling you in their respective miseries.
Dead Poets Society
Robbie Williams teaching Walt Whitman to his students. What could be so sad, right? Plenty it turns out, making one of the most emotionally touching movies in American cinema.
Eternal Sunshine of Spotless Mind
Starring Kate Winslet, Jim Carrey, and about three buckets’ load of my tears.
Jerrold Tarog’s biopic of one of the strongest-willed generals of the country, Heneral Luna, has made somewhat of a revolution in the industry itself. Beyond disrupting the film market, though, Tarog’s film is a beaut in and of itself, its pieces falling into places in perfect one harmony. A perfect setup for that one tragic chord it plays at the end.
In The Mood For Love
Wong Kar-wai in his strongest. Welled up the first time I saw it. And I probably would still when I see it the next time.
The tragedy of Gaspar Noe’s relentless Irreversible is in its title. The film, in essence, is one elaborate hindsight—the events are told backwards—already at a point of no return. Irreversible.
A crisp, accurate portrait of the dysfunctional Filipino family where the daughter is frozen, afraid; the mother, even more; and the father, the very thing the family fears. The film’s ending is grotesque and unnerving, because where else will everything lead?
Maynila: Sa Mga Kuko Ng Liwanag
A classic. Anyone who wants a taste of the Golden Age of Philippine cinema should start with this film. Lino Brocka painted an all-too accurate picture of Manila in the 70’s—seething, grueling, a creature in and of itself. Bembol Roco’s career-defining role finds himself
I think the title Moonlight is powerful. Under it, the color of one’s skin goes unnoticed—irrelevant. Under it, we’re all just…blue. That grossly surmises Barry Jenkins’ Oscar-winning film, about a young lowlife trying to find his way as a black gay man.
Of Mice And Men
A sad book often yields a sad movie, just as the case of the 1992 film adaptation, starring John Malkovich as Lennie and John Terry as Slim.
One More Chance
Joyce Bernal’s modern classic is founded on formula. And there’s nothing wrong with that. I still go back to this film, often with friends, and wallow in and with Popoy’s pain.
“Sigurado ako. Sigurado ako sa’yo, Andrea.”
The Fault In Our Stars
“You is kind…” and all that. :’(
The ending of this movie has been branded “lazy” by a lot of people. That, however, doesn’t discount from the fact that it is, indeed, effective.
Based on the beloved Cormac McCarthy novel, John Hillcoat’s adaptation is a heartbreaking vignette of a post-apocalyptic Earth, where a father and a son scours through whatever remains to be saved.
Toy Story 3
Apart from the Holocaust allegories, this threequel packs serious emotional punch, with Andy inevitably leaving his toys behind. Subtextual complexities aside, that scene is rough. As is anything about adulthood.
Achipatpong Weerasethakul’s fantastic opus about two male lovers and a soldier bedeviled by a mystic shaman, indeed one of the most important works in queer cinema. The whole lot is so foursquare and emotionally potent. If you’re looking to watch something different, you should check this out.
If you’ve gone through the first few minutes of this movie, you’ll manage a few other pains in your life.
We Need To Talk About Kevin
Tilda Swinton’s helplessness as her son (Ezra Miller) descends into sheer madness is in itself maddening. Hair-raising, relentless, and impassioned, We Need To Talk About Kevin is one of the saddest (and scariest) movies I’ve ever seen.