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I think I just saw my most depressing film a few nights ago and that would be In A Glass Cage.
Relentlessly bleak with some very questionable scenes.
Over the Edge.
certainly dancer in the dark
after the film i cried for hours!
Requiem for a Dream. Needed at least a day to recover.
“Dancer in the dark” and “requiem for a dream”
If you think Requiem For a Dream, the movie, was depressing, you ought to read the book by Hubert Selby. The film seems downright cheerful compared to the novel.
Sansho the Bailiff was right up there.
I think BOOGIE NIGHTS (1997), which I’ve just re-watched, is quite depressing. Yes, I suppose it’s meant to be a "dark comedy’ of the darkest kind…. but the particulars it observes are so true and accurate, the acting so on-point and uncompromising, it almost makes you squirm, and does not make you leave feeling the world is a swell place.
I wouldn’t say “the particulars it observes are so true and accurate” in Boogie Nights. Not by a long stretch. It’s Anderson’s fantasy of how he thinks the porn world was back in the 70’s and 80’s. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a decent little film but hardly representative of the world it was attempting to portray.
Kook’s Tour (1970)
made right when larry had a stroke and moe and curly joe were feeble
depressing because its really people near death.
Someone once said that “Art is the lie that tells the truth.”
Perhaps the particulars of BOOGIE NIGHTS are not literally true, but tonally and spiritually Anderson really captured something true.
P.S. I happen to know just a wee bit about the milieu… ’nuff said.
Au Hazard Balthazar and I gotta agree with most people here: Requiem for a Dream.
Haneke’s The Seventh Continent is more depress for me
Haneke is a very cheerful guy in general.
the 7th continent
i imagine this movie would stick with anyone who cant get use to a “daily routine” or living their life according to an alarm clock (like myself)
Salo, hands down. This movie is terribly depressing, dark and scary. You can do nothing after watching it.
I would’ve said Umberto D. if its charm didn’t lift me up at the same time. I really have no idea.
But i don’t know if depressing’s the right word – they were devastating & shattering & bleak but very powerful.
It’s the inane stuff that’s depressing like Bridget Jones’ Diary or Hairspray.
Grave of the Fireflies
2001: A Space Odyssey – but probably more unsettling than depressing
(And I’m probably repressing some others.)
City of God
Tim Roth’s The War Zone
Grave of the Fireflies and Memento were both quite depressing, the latter being one I can watch time after time while I don’t know that I’ll ever be able to watch GotF again.
I just saw In A Glass Cage recently and have to say that just may be the most depressing film I ever saw. The ending couldn’t come soon enough for me.
Dancer in the Dark and Scenes from a Marriage for me.
The elephant man
oh yes and Pan’s Labyrinth – that really depressed me
synecdoche newyork is one of the most depressing movies i’ve recently seen