Perhaps a somewhat gloomy topic for this weekend‘s movie picks, but still worth to considering for Saturday or Sunday entertainment. All highly rated films for those who know how to deal with serious issues and dark themes.
The threat in the form of a red planet on collision course with the Earth starts with a happy wedding gathering. More than two hours of unforgettable footage is enough to communicate an overwhelming sadness to the viewers.
The life of Virginia Woolf was far from happy. Her childhood was filled with continuous sexual abuse within her family, and she suffered from a mental illness which today would probably be diagnosed as bipolar disorder. Despite a very supportive husband, Wolf took her depressive periods very hard, and they find expression in her work. The movie The Hours was inspired by real events and connects to Wolf’s book Mrs. Dalloway.
The Virgin Suicides
The Virgin Suicides refers to five sisters between 13 and 17 years old whose lives were dominated by strict, Catholic parents. Their lives are veiled in a mystery which comes out as one of them attempts suicide. Her action is taken as a call for help, nevertheless she is sent home, where she eventually succeds in killing herself, to be followed by her sisters, one by one. The film is simultaneously excellent and extremely disturbing,. Kirsten Dunst stars as one of the sisters.
Watch What Dreams May Come
While highly rated, the level of despair that dominates the movie from the first minutes might make you stop watching prematurely. Just when you think a full measure of tragedy has been dealt to one family, another stroke of bad luck happens. One cannot even clearly say whether the ending was happy, or not…
The Passion of the Christ
Mel Gibson likes heroic topics, and the life and death of Christ surely offers an interesting theme for a film. Nevertheless, two hours devoted mainly to depicting the torture of Jesus is quite exhausting.
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