I was asking the other half today if he had ever cried at a film, to which he responded “Being a man, I had to stop myself”. Great.
But this got me thinking – what film moments have brought a lump to my throat? When I find a film sad or poignant, usually its the the extent where I just can’t watch them again because I can’t face that particular moment in the film. Yes – that’s right. If someone has to watch it, I get up and leave the room.
Here are my personal top 5 sad film moments. I wanna know – what are yours (doesn’t have to be as many as 5!)
** spoilers **
1. The Lion King
When Mufasa dies – it kills me everytime. Little Simba’s face – the look of confusion on his little face, when a child doesn’t comprehend or understand right from wrong, makes me want to go and kiss my kitty.
2. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
The scene where Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun Fat) dies and Yu Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh) kisses him on the face is tragic. This is no Titanic ‘I love you even though I’ve known you for 10 minutes’ rubbish. It’s all the supressed emotions and feelings of two people who have had to put the love aside for a long time only to discover its just too late.
It’s so sad at the end when Leon dies and Matilda is left on her own in the world. planting a flower to keep as a friend. I also find it tragic that Leon’s friend doesn’t keep his word and holds back his money from Matilda.
4. A Moment to Remember
This is a Korean film – it actually really does my head in because the whole point of this film seems to be to bring its viewers into a blubbering mess at the end. It’s about a love story between two people, and the woman gets Alzheimer’s…the way the whole thing is built up is very effective, annoyingly so:
5. Grave of the fireflies
If you need a reason to commit suicide, this is it. A brother and sister in war time Japan struggle to stay alive due to starvation and of course other problem that war bring with it. The film begins **spoiler** with the death of the older boy (his little sister having already died) and he is just yet another child who has starved to death in the train station.
Oh, it’s an important film, and it’s certainly saying what should be said about war but it’s not an easy film to watch or stomach. *Switches on Deal or No Deal*
I can’t think of anything else to add for now – oh apart from Benjamin Button. BB made me cry for days because I can’t believe I wasted 2 hours of my precious life watching that pile of crap!