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Films that are hard to watch..

  • 25-04-2021 12:16pm
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    Closed Accounts Posts: 11 ✭✭✭ Ok no..huh...


    After watching the film Perfume, I did not feel sympathy or vindicated by the ending. I don't think any of the characters are likeable in that film. It's more a statement about humanity and one that can make you feel uncomfortable.

    Similarly...Watership Down! It's just such an honest portrayal of survival. Its like I can't say I like the film because it's hard to watch but I'm glad I watched it and appreciate it but don't ever want to watch it again!!!

    I just don't feel right after films like this. Im trying to describe the feeling I get from certain films but I cant think of the right word. It's not a good feeling but I don't regret having watched the film either. What is it?

    What other films are like this?..so I can avoid them or maybe not avoid them :confused:


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  • Registered Users Posts: 21,829 ✭✭✭✭ endacl


    I’d find Perfume hard to watch too, now that I know the main character dies.


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,723 ✭✭✭✭ bnt


    Breaking The Waves is like that, I think. Unrelentingly bleak on multiple levels. I still find it hard to watch Emily Watson in anything. :(

    Parvi enim sunt foris arma, nisi est consilium domi.



  • Closed Accounts Posts: 11 ✭✭✭ Ok no..huh...


    endacl wrote: »
    I’d find Perfume hard to watc.

    The film is 2006 ffs.

    Anyway edited. Go delete your post now.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,502 ✭✭✭ Man Vs ManUre


    Inland Empire is a film that I was not able to finish. Completely boring and no idea what was going on.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,030 ✭✭✭ MfMan


    If Beale Street Could Talk. Widely praised by critics and Regina King won a Supporting Oscar. My O/H fell asleep during it, it was so slow and laboured, pacing was like frozen molasses.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 11 ✭✭✭ Ok no..huh...


    Inland Empire is a film that I was not able to finish. Completely boring and no idea what was going on.

    I wasn't asking about boring films.


  • Registered Users Posts: 244 ✭✭ Rebel_Kn1ght


    22 July


  • Registered Users Posts: 167 ✭✭ Larry Bee


    'Leaving Las Vegas' is another tough movie to watch - about the relationship between a suicidal alcoholic and a prostitute.


  • Registered Users Posts: 596 ✭✭✭ bigar


    I take it you mean a movie that you watched completely and think was good. Otherwise I will have many movies I stop halfway because I could not bother to watch it until the end, so bad they were.

    If it is this, then there is only one that gave me a very hard emotional uppercut: Dancer in the Dark.

    It is a small masterpiece but I never want to watch it again.


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,187 ✭✭✭ S.M.B.


    I wasn't asking about boring films.
    I would say Inland Empire is an acceptable answer but not for the reasons given by the previous poster.

    I have not seen it since the cinema, have no intention of ever watching it again but I still remember being left reeling after watching it.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,402 ✭✭✭ knucklehead6


    Nor so much an entire film, but the scene in Downfall where Magda Goebbels kills her kids


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 11 ✭✭✭ Ok no..huh...


    S.M.B. wrote: »
    I would say Inland Empire is an acceptable answer but not for the reasons given by the previous poster.

    I have not seen it since the cinema, have no intention of ever watching it again but I still remember being left reeling after watching it.

    I'm not talking about being confused or reeling from the film itself or story of the film. It is more the awareness of the story of the film.

    I can't describe the emotion these kind of films envoke in me. It's like an uncomfortable acceptance of something you already knew but had it highlighted in such a way that made you think about it more. It's not a pleasant feeling but you feel more aware.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,130 ✭✭✭ Surreptitious


    Larry Bee wrote: »
    'Leaving Las Vegas' is another tough movie to watch - about the relationship between a suicidal alcoholic and a prostitute.

    That's one of my favourite movies. Nicholas Cage outdid himself in that.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,130 ✭✭✭ Surreptitious


    Deadman's Shoes is a tough watch. It highlights abuse towards disabilities.


  • Registered Users Posts: 31,675 ✭✭✭✭ is_that_so


    I'll add Birth of a Nation here because of the abhorrent storyline but it's an exceptional piece of cinema.


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,088 ✭✭✭✭ Oranage2


    Grave of the Fireflies leaves you depressed just asking why


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,845 ✭✭✭ tastyt


    12 years a slave is tough going


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,769 ✭✭✭ flasher0030


    Hardest film I ever had to watch was The Passion of Christ. I would never watch one minute of that ever again.


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,187 ✭✭✭ S.M.B.


    I'm not talking about being confused or reeling from the film itself or story of the film. It is more the awareness of the story of the film.

    I can't describe the emotion these kind of films envoke in me. It's like an uncomfortable acceptance of something you already knew but had it highlighted in such a way that made you think about it more. It's not a pleasant feeling but you feel more aware.
    Fair enough, you are not talking about films that are merely difficult to watch and therefore not ideal for repeat viewing, it's more films that hit a nerve based on the their subject matter.

    I think most movies that address grief fall into this category for me.


  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 17,588 Mod ✭✭✭✭ ixoy


    'Nil By Mouth' would fall into this. It's a very tough depiction of poverty, violence and addiction and there's far too much in it of the sort of events that I know must happen but that I'm otherwise, thankfully, oblivious to until I see it portrayed.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,282 ✭✭✭ Kaybaykwah


    Those POW scenes in The Deer Hunter stand out as difficult to watch.


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,896 ✭✭✭✭ Joe_ Public


    Heavenly Creatures is one for me, think it may have been kate winslets breakthrough role. That scene involving the mother and the two kids, dont think I'd want to ever watch that again tbh.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,989 ✭✭✭ leffesem


    Deadman's Shoes is a tough watch. It highlights abuse towards disabilities.

    Great film.. Another Paddy Considine film Journeyman is a tough watch tho.. Ya kinda know things aint gonna improve.. Depressing one that, but ya knows retribution is a coming in Dead Man's Shoes - so it's enjoyable in that way..

    "there aint no forgettin" - the outlaw Josey Wales



  • Registered Users Posts: 631 ✭✭✭ shazzerman


    Salo
    Irreversible
    Come and See
    Nocturnal Animals


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,491 ✭✭✭ appledrop


    Manchester by the Sea.

    Amazing film but the emotions are so raw in it I couldnt watch it again.

    I'm actually nearly crying here just thinking about it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,711 ✭✭✭ xieann


    Glen Garry Glen Ross, does'nt have much change of scenery not helping

    The Sun : The Japanese Emporer and the WW 2 Japanese Surrender : no artillary or child soldiers feature


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,788 ✭✭✭ ztoical


    Requiem for a Dream - the ending is really harrowing to watch, the music puts you on edge then the imagery....it's intense


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,130 ✭✭✭ Surreptitious


    ztoical wrote: »
    Requiem for a Dream - the ending is really harrowing to watch, the music puts you on edge then the imagery....it's intense

    Another one of my favourites, I must like being disturbed.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,223 ✭✭✭ Test For Echo


    I often enjoy dark, weird movies but I felt deeply uncomfortable after watching I'm Thinking of Ending Things. Just couldn't get the thing out of my head for a few days after watching it.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,130 ✭✭✭ Surreptitious


    Unthinkable was pretty fcked up. I saw it in the cinema so couldn't avoid some scenes.


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