Depressing Films for the Winter
The days are getting darker and the nights colder, winter is definitely on its way, and I for one am reverting into a state of hibernation, reducing social contact with others and increasing food intake. What better way to spend those dark winter nights than compounding them with a depressing film?
I have collated a list of five of my favourite depressing movies, if you haven’t seen them, you should watch them immediately. These films make me think about the world and myself differently, and strangely they are comforting to me as they highlight that suffering is a universal thing, plus they are poignant films and leave you with a better understanding of the human condition.
Directed by: Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson
Anomalisa is a paradox as it’s an adult stop-motion animated comedy-drama the first R-Rated film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Dealing with topics such as the malaise of the 9-5 and the meaning of life, it’s a great one to watch in a career crisis.
Directed by: Lars Von Trier
Melancholia is probably Kirsten Dunst’s best performance to date; the film deals with the possibility of the world ending and the question of why carry on if the world is so dark? Beautifully shot it’s definitely one for a rainy day when shit has hit the fan.
Directed by: Larry Clark
Kids was written by Spring Breakers Director Harmony Korine in his youth, a topic that is central in the film. kids is a day in the life of a group of sexually active teenagers in New York City and their hedonistic behaviour towards sex and substance abuse. Kids will leave you feeling nostalgic for a youth you never had, but glad that you never had it.
Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind
Directed by: Michel Gondry
You have probably heard of this one. Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind stars Kate Winslet and Jim Carey as the perfect duo, who on their own are unsatisfied, together happy until they are not. It’s the ideal movie to watch if you are going through romance troubles or equally if you are not it will make you glad you’re not in love.
Mini a Life Revisited
Directed by: Franc Roddam
One of the most hard-hitting documentaries I have watched it follows the story of 11-year-old serial arsonist Michael ‘Mini’ Cooper from young child to adult over the years and the chronicles the effects institutionalism can have on a young person. No trailer was available, unfortunately, however, the whole documentary was available on YouTube, so it’s perfect to get you thinking on a Sunday evening.