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Watching films for cathartic effect - recommendations please

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millymog11 · 09/09/2023 15:03

I've been through some shit in the last 10 years (divorce from hell after being cheated on, cancer, and some more common stuff like stress of being a single parent).

I feel like although I have processed some of it i could really do with a big cry brought on by watching a sad film/films. Can anyone recommend some films on the subject of divorce, being cheated on, cancer (in no particular order) which they think will bring on a proper blubbing session.
Not looking to wallow, looking to help get it all out.

Thanks in anticipation.

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Yddraigoldragon · 09/09/2023 15:10

Deep impact always gets me…

millymog11 · 09/09/2023 15:48

Whats it about very briefly Ydd?

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StuffLoriThangs · 09/09/2023 15:49

A Monster Calls

It focuses on cancer and a single parent but from the point of the young boy. I couldn’t stop crying after.

FusionChefGeoff · 09/09/2023 15:55

Impossible - about the Boxing Day tsunami always has me bawling

Soubriquet · 09/09/2023 15:57

Marley and Me

I sob at both

sausagelastrange · 09/09/2023 16:00

Brokeback Mountain .... makes my chest hurt it's so sad

millymog11 · 09/09/2023 16:03

thanks all these are so helpful

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NooNakedJacuzziness · 09/09/2023 16:04

Kramer v Kramer
Imitation of Life

TheWrenTheWren · 09/09/2023 16:04

Kramer vs Kramer? Heartburn (also, read the excellent novel it's based on), Scenes from a Marriage (the Bergman one), Marriage Story (though I find the fact that a terrible haircut actually manages to make Scarlett Johanssen look slightly plain a bit distracting), The Squid and the Whale, Betrayal (old one, from Pinter play, with Jeremy Irons, Patricia Hodge, Ben Kingsley).

Ihaveawonderfulpartner · 09/09/2023 16:19

A dogs purpose always makes me cry and it's a fantastic film to boot.

UnDruidlyWords · 09/09/2023 16:29

1991 film 'Defending Your Life'. It starts out with a man called Daniel who dies in a car crash and then finds himself in Judgement City, where his life is reviewed. He meets Julia, they fall in love. Daniel then has to prove that he's brave enough to join Julia in 'moving on' and not be sent back for another life on Earth.

It's incredibly cheesy, but if you like that sort of thing you might enjoy it. I've seen it eleventy thousand times and can play it in my head.

Witchbitch20 · 09/09/2023 16:32

An Affair to Remember ~ Nickie Ferrante's return to New York to marry a rich heiress is well publicized as are his many antics and affairs. He meets a nightclub singer Terry McKay who is also on her way home to her longtime boyfriend. She sees him as just another playboy and he sees her as stand-offish but over several days they soon find they've fallen in love. Nickie has never really worked in his life so they agree that they will meet again in six months time atop the Empire State building.  (1957 version).

Steel Magnolias
Brief Encounter
Old Yeller

Scousemousey · 09/09/2023 16:34

Came to say Steel Magnolias or Beaches. The only film that has ever made me sob is Truly Madly Deeply.

TheBeautifulTeapot · 09/09/2023 16:34

Oh yes, definitely Beaches

Calistano · 09/09/2023 16:41

Breaking the waves

Awrite · 09/09/2023 16:42


Be warned though, once you hit the half way point, you start crying and just don't stop.

It's also a true story.

beguilingeyes · 09/09/2023 16:42

Absolutely Truly Madly Deeply. When Juliet Stevenson cries I lose it.
The very ancient Love Story with Ryan O'Neal and Ali McGraw always works.
Shadowlands. True story about CS Lewis.

Scousemousey · 09/09/2023 17:12

Oh, Shadowlands is lovely too.

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