Couple of days ago, I solicited suggestions for all-time tear-jerker movies, the kind that will give you swollen eyes and runny nose. And here’s what I got:
Rizza: A Moment to Remember
Kamille: I Am David
Andre: The Notebook
Raymond: Simon Birch, The Love of Siam
Jay: Never Let Me Go, Grave of the Fireflies, Toy Story 3, Up
Connet: Joy Luck Club, Requiem for a Dream, The Lives of Others
Carl: Dancer in the Dark
Laurence: Cinema Paradiso
Seph: Men of Honor, Maalaala Mo Kaya (The Movie)
Joseph: Lovely Bones
Jayson: Hachiko, Mr. Holland’s Opus
Ryan: Mrs. Dalloway
Davie: Moment to Remember, Daisy, A Millionaire’s First Love
Joel: One More Chance
Weng: 50 First Dates, All Dogs Go To Heaven, Land Before Time
Maeng: Everthing’s Fine
Graycel: My Sister’s Keeper
Whew. 30 suggestions.
That night I posted my curious question, I was hoping anyone will throw in an effective tear jerker, since my stuffy nose couldn’t give me a decent sleep, and good old reliable Tiger Balm wasn’t reliable.
And so, I forced the mucus out: by crying.
Crying is not as easy to induce as laughter. I could’ve thought of Depressing Memories In My Life, but when I think about them, I start rationalizing, putting things into perspective, then I forget about crying. So movies it is.
Thank god for wonderful friends and former-students-turned-friends –they made me cry. From the very first suggestion, Moment to Remember, I broke down in tears. The last half of the Korean movie saw me shaking and sobbing in front of the laptop, beside a box of Kleenex, while hugging a pillow, like I’m a depressed weirdo who can’t sort shit in her life.
After watching the first movie in this long list, I had a good night sleep, so every night, I would pick a movie from the list, cry, and float in the world of dreams. After a week, I got well. Flu’s gone, no more stuffy nose and excess mucus.
This may sound a little masochistic, but those painfully sad movies made me feel good.
(more on these movies next time. time to go to bed)