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Is there a movie that makes you feel depressed, powerless and hopeless?

Asked by Sponge (541points) July 19th, 2012 from iPhone

If so what is it? For me watching the movie 2012 makes me shake my head in despair every time. The movie has its flaws and plot holes but the massive destruction portrayed makes me hope to never be in such a situation…

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Pandora's avatar

Oh, my right off the top of my head. An Eye for an Eye with Sally Fields. That movie broke my soul.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Life is Beautiful just about sucked the life out of me. I don’t know if I will ever be able to watch it again. Depressed? Possibly. Powerless? Maybe. Hopeless? No.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Winter’s Bone depressed the shit out of me, and I felt totally drained afterward.

Nullo's avatar

There was this one Italian movie, Caterina Va In Citta`, that was really miserable. It follows a family collapsing in the wake of the father’s mid-life crisis.

Mama_Cakes's avatar

Requiem for a Dream

Ponderer983's avatar

Kids – ‘nuff said.

AngryWhiteMale's avatar

“Hotel Rwanda”. I also feel depressed after watching stuff like “Sicko” (along with feeling outraged), and documentaries on what’s happening with the environment/decimation of species.

Aethelflaed's avatar

It’s a Wonderful Life. Really, any of the Frank Capra/Jimmy Stewart movies.

bookish1's avatar

I felt completely traumatized and hopeless upon emerging into the sunlight after having seen Bamboozled.

tups's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer Life Is Beautiful, really? That movie had the opposite effect on me. I think in spite of the circumstances, it is a happy movie.

jordym84's avatar

A Prophet is the only one that comes to mind at the moment.

downtide's avatar

The Day the Earth Stood Still. Because sixty years on and the human race still hasn’t learned the lessons from that movie. Sixty-one years.

FutureMemory's avatar

Roger and Me

Jesus Camp

An Inconvenient Truth

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syz's avatar

The Wall had that effect on me.

elbanditoroso's avatar

Deliverance (it’s old)

picante's avatar

The House of Sand and Fog.

bookish1's avatar

@downtide : Woof, that’s a heavy one alright.

Michael_Huntington's avatar

I think I’ve mentioned it before, but Barefoot Gen. It’s a movie about the atomic bombing of Hiroshima , based on a survivor’s experience before and after the bombing. Imagine the annihilation of everything you know and everyone you love.
A NSFW clip

LostInParadise's avatar

The movie Clockwork Orange really did a number on me. It came out right after I graduated from college. None of my friends would go with me because they thought the movie was too violent. That is an unfair criticism. There is no blood and guts in the movie. The violence is pantomimed and is all the creepier for being presented that way. It makes you think about violence and its role in society. I remember leaving the theater with an urge to smash something, and I am definitely a pacifist.

Bellatrix's avatar

Snowtown – a film about truly evil people and it is based on real events.

tups's avatar

Hannibal Rising. That movie was gross and unpleasant.

GladysMensch's avatar

Grave of the Fireflies – I don’t even want to describe it.

Yeahright's avatar

Schindler’s List.

Mama_Cakes's avatar

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Movie is about mental illness and drug use.

Bellatrix's avatar

The Road.

mazingerz88's avatar

Not only depressed, powerless and hopeless but suicidal as well. Star Crap, er, Star Wars prequels!

Nullo's avatar

The first half of Manon de Sources.
See, I like happy movies. I have a good feel for American films and so can avoid the sad ones, but non-American cinema is a bit harder to reckon.

Sunny2's avatar

One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Situations over which we have no control and which are supposed to help us, can destroy us

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rooeytoo's avatar

Any movie where the dog dies! But @Bellatrix I agree, Snowtown was just hideous, I couldn’t even finish watching it. The movie was well done, but the subject matter and the way it was handled was beyond me.

Bellatrix's avatar

@rooeytoo, people walked out looking traumatised. Hard to believe it is based on fact. Just horrible.

rooeytoo's avatar

@Bellatrix – I can imagine. Last Train to Freo was pretty bad too and Jindabyne, but Snowtown takes the cake. Thank goodness for The Castle and Red Dog or one would begin to think all aussie movies are of the same genre.

mattbrowne's avatar

Movies about death row inmates.

picante's avatar

Wild at Heart, the David Lynch weirdness from 1990. Saw it again last night, and it ranks as one of the weirdest, most disturbing films I’ve seen. Yet I can’t look away.

Mr_Paradox's avatar

The ending of Marley and Me. I cried on and off for days.

AmWiser's avatar

For me it would be Imitation of Life.

emeraldisles's avatar

The Pianist and Titanic.

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NomoreY_A's avatar

A movie is a movie, it is what it is. Eat some popcorn and forget about it. And remind yourself that it was only a movie. On edit, I have to say that Doctor Zhivago left me bummed out. Particularly the shitty ending.

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