Five Soul Shattering Movies which will Make you Think about the World we Inhabit (Part I)

One may ask why anyone will watch a movie that will make him sad and depressed. The reason is that they allow us to grieve for our fellow humans, and appreciate whatever God has given us. Here is the list of five soul shattering movies that makes the audience think about the world they live.

Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Grave of the Fireflies proved that cartoon movies are not only for enjoyment and fun. Set against the backdrop of World War II, Grave of the Fireflies is a tragic tale about a brother and a sister who are fighting for survival during the war. 

Grave of the Fireflies was directed by the great Japanese animator Isao Takahata and it’s based on a novel of the same name by the author AkiyukiNosaka which was published in 1967. Grave of the Fireflies follows the lives of two orphans, a young boy of around ten years and his four years old sister and their desperate attempt to survive the final months of World War II. The climax of the movie is so hard hitting that you will start questioning the value of human lives during the times of war.

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009)

The story of the movie is based on a real life story about a dog which waits for his dead owner at the same place where his owner used to come after work until his death.

Hachi: A Dog’s tale is a beautiful yet sad movie about the unconditional love between a college professor and a puppy he rescues on a snowy night. The movie is based on a true story of a dog who lived in Japan in the 1930s; a statue of the real Hachi is raised the Shibuya train station where he waited for his owner (who died before) for nine years until he died. The movie was a remake of the Japanese movie HachikōMonogatar. The movie is very sad but was made so beautifully that you won’t be able to leave the movie midway.

We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

We Need to Talk About Kevin is a story of a mother who is dealing with lots grief in her heart and the aftermath of a dangerous act her son Kevin carried out.

The movie follows the story of Eva Khatchadourina, a former travel writer but she quit her profession after getting pregnant. Her first born Kevin grows up to be an irritating teenager and violent guy who one day kills his father and sister. He then goes to his school and starts killing them with bows and arrows. Eva’s life is shattered and the film ends with her visiting her son who after two years is getting transferred to an adult prison.

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