With this week’s theme we are going dark. Which is ironic, considering Spring has finally arrived and I myself feel a lot better than a few weeks ago. Yet, my next three recommendations are all three very melancholy movies. All three circle around suicide, suicidal thoughts and those quiet meltdowns, that are even harder to process than the loud ones.
I rarely recommend Estonian films but this one is actually something I’m proud to mention every now and then. Zero Point, based on a book by the same name, has its lighter moments, but it also has dark undertones. Suicidal thoughts are actually part of the narrative as well as the structure of the book. The title even refers to that point in your life when you feel like you’re nothing, you’re literally at point zero. What makes this movie even more heartbreaking is the fact that the author of the book, Margus Karu, who I had the pleasure to meet a few times, passed away last year at the age of 32. He had been struggling with depression for years.
Another movie based on a book that features heavy themes. While the movie starts light, and doesn’t really go to the darkest places, our main characters suffers a meltdown at the beginning of act three. Logan Lerman, who I actually like quite a bit, does a wonderful job with his character and you really end up feeling crushed by the very end. The movie showcases how important it is to talk about things, and not push them down, because if things pile up, they have a tendency to crumble down fast.
Can we survive without our better half? Can we be complete without a person, who made us feel full of life, love and everything between? A Single Man explores the thoughts of a widowed man, who lost his partner, and is contemplating suicide. It’s the calm and quiet manner he goes through life while screaming for help on the inside. With great performances from Colin Firth, Julianne Moore and Matthew Goode, A Single Man is beautifully tragic from the first to the last scene.
THIS SERIES IS CREATED BY WANDERING THROUGH THE SHELVES4