So you find yourself hungover and all you can do is sit on the couch and vegetate in front of the TV. You decide to watch a film: good idea, right?
It’s a given that no matter whatmood you find yourself in, cinema has the power to bring you on an emotional road trip. But there are some films that are so bleak and heart-breaking that no matter how hard you try, you will never be able to shake off the despair they inflict on you.
Some of these films are ones to avoid if you are at all feeling a bit down, (unless you want to spend the day crying your eyes out):Tyrannosaur (2011)
Directed by Paddy Considine, Tyrannosaur tells the story of Joseph (Peter Mullen) , an aggressive and violent man who tries to changes his ways after his accidentally kills his dog in a fit of rage.
Living in a council estate in Great Britain, Joseph attempts to escape his past and anger and finally get his chance when he befriends local charity shop worker Hannah (played by the brilliant Olivia Colman).
The two become close as Hannah, who has dark secrets of her own, takes pity on Joseph and despite the initial hope that the two will manage to escape their problems, the harsh realities of life and society prevent a happy ending.
Not a film for the faint-hearted, this one will leave you reaching for the tissues.
The late Robert Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film a positive review and made reference to the unrelenting harshness of the story: "This isn't the kind of movie that even has hope enough to contain a message. There is no message, only the reality of these wounded personalities."Melancholia (2011)
An apocalyptic drama film by Lars Von Trier doesn't exactly sound like a something that will leave you questioning life, but after two hours impending destruction of the earth, you will begin to look at life a little differently.
Centring around two sisters, Melancholia explores the actions of diverse personalities when faced with unprecedented stress.
Kirsten Dunst (Justine) plays a severely depressed woman who goes to live with her sister Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg) following her disastrous wedding.
It is then that they make the discovery of a planet hurtling towards a collision towards earth.
The essence of the film is to show how people react when they learn that there is no hope.
Interestingly, Von Trier came up with the idea of the film when he himself was struggling with depression and her therapist informed him that those already dealing with anxiety and depression tend to deal with a crisis than those in a stable mental state.
Overall, viewers will be left bereft of explanations by the time the credits roll.
The film plays with concepts of chronic depressive states, destruction of everything people hold dear, the inevitability of being powerless to change events surrounding you and ultimately, the questioning of life itself.Dancing at Lughnasa (1998)
Adapted from Brian Friel's play of the same name, the film portrays the grim life of five sisters living in Ireland in the early 1930s.
Meryl Streep leads the cast of the five single women living in the country-side, doomed to a life of menial work and crippling loneliness without any chance of finding love or being something in life other than a spinster.
Depicting the lack of opportunities for women in the early 20th century, the film explores the desires of women that are forced to be buried underneath repression and religion.
The desperation and regret shines throughout as the audience watches a family tossed to one side by society, destined to live a life without romance or excitement.
Indeed, the final scene of the film showcases the utter devastation and loss that a life without opportunities can cause.Now Is Good (2012)
Based on the novel Before I Die by Jenny Downhall, Now Is Good tells the story of Tessa (Dakota Fanning), who is trying to get the most out of life before she loses her battle with leukaemia.
She meets a guy and of course she falls madly in love with him and attempts to experience everything a young girl in love should feel.
This is an obvious choice for a tear-jerker, but in all honesty, the film isn’t that good.
The whole idea seems to get lost in translation from the start, unsure of whether it is a comedy or a drama.
The story muddles along without ever really picking up steam until the end. It is the supporting characters that the best gut-wrenching performances at this point.
The last 15 minutes are well worth watching, even if it is a weak script.
The realisation that Tessa's life is almost over seems to spur this film into life and the final few scenes will make even the most cold-hearted shed a tear.
Watch out for Tessa's father (Paddy Considine) finally lose his positive attitude and break down completely as his accepts his daughter’s fate. It is a scene to ruin a person's week.Young Adult (2011)
Although not a film for that will have you crying buckets, Jason's Reitman's story will encourage you to grow the hell up once you leave college or you'll end up like Charlize Theron's character, Mavis.
Despite being a moderately successful writer, Mavis has never emotionally or mentally grown out of adolescence and returns to her hometown to get back her teenage sweetheart (despite the fact he is married with a baby).
At first Mavis antics, seem immature and hilarious but as we dig deeper into her mind-set, we see that she is a severely troubled woman who refused to grown up and now is borderline psychotic.
Mavis was a pretty, popular girl who never really left her teenage years or her bitchiness behind her. She was left to her own devices and largely ignored by everyone, proving to the audience that once you get into the big bad world; it's up to you to sort out your problems because no one else will.
Young Adult is a film that shows you that no matter who you are, the harshness of reality will smack you down no matter what.