6 great movies that you WON’T WATCH AGAIN

Deeply moving features that you won’t rewatch.

Michalina Peruga

18 December 2022

There are films so deeply moving that despite great acting, directing and excellent craftsmanship, we do not want to watch them again. Here are six movies you won’t rewatch.

Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

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This absolutely brilliant Japanese animation will deprive every viewer of the last of his life’s strength, which is why one screening of this film is enough for a lifetime. The moving story of two siblings, teenage Seita and several-year-old Setsuko, takes place at the end of World War II. The children’s father fights at the front, and the mother died as a result of a fire in the family home, which forces the siblings to look for a new shelter. The wandering of children around a completely destroyed city is full of moving scenes filled with sadness and tragedy of war. The sense of injustice, regret, and sadness that follows Grave of the Fireflies makes it hard to watch this film more than once.

All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)

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For many adults growing up in the 90s, this animated classic is a sentimental childhood memory they will never want to relive. This Irish-British-American co-production tells the story of Charlie, a brash German Shepherd who at the very beginning of the film … dies in an accident and ends up in heaven, but quickly escapes with a cunning trick. All Dogs Go to Heaven is a well-executed animation, but above all, a film quite unusual for a children’s film because of the bold plots and scenes that appear in it. Murder and deception are commonplace in Charlie’s world, and in addition, the shepherd runs a dog casino, where dog guests do not avoid alcohol, and scantily clad dog dancers make the time more pleasant. I saw the film once, as a child, but I remember some scenes to this day (like Charlie’s dream vision of hell). I’m probably not very objective, but this film traumatized me so much that I never watched it again.

Schindler's List (1993)

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In fact, I could add to Steven Spielberg’s film a whole list of feature and documentary productions dealing with the subject of the Holocaust (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Shoah or Son of Saul), which are difficult to watch more than once. There is probably no need for an explanation here – despite dressing a dramatic event in history in a Hollywood envelope, Schindler’s List tells a shocking story of good and evil taking place in the dramatic times of World War II. This cinematic story of exploitation, hatred and genocide is something you have to watch, but it’s hard to do it more than once.

Requiem for a Dream (2000)

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All addiction movies are deeply depressing, but Darren Aronofsky’s movie tops most of them. The lives of Harry (Jared Leto), his girlfriend Marion (Jennifer Connelly), mother Sarah (Ellen Burstyn) and friend Tyrone (Marlon Wayans) are a sad story of people dreaming of a better world, whose desire to escape the gray reality pushes them into drug addiction. addiction. It’s a film that’s hard to watch more than once, especially because of the very strong scenes, such as the one where heroin addict Marion takes part in a sex orgy to get drugs.

Blue Valentine (2010)

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It’s hard to imagine a more realistic picture of a collapsing relationship, dying love and family breakdown. The idyllic relationship, which over the years turns into a destructive relationship for both partners, is masterfully portrayed on the screen thanks to the excellent performances of Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling. The emotions accompanying the lives of Cindy and Dean, played by them, become painfully tangible for the viewer and remain with him for many days after the screening. It’s a really great movie that I’d love to recommend, but I don’t think I’ll ever see it again.

Manchester By the Sea (2016)

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Kenneth Longergan’s film is great in many ways. It is well acted and efficiently produced, and, moreover, in a wise way, without moralizing, it deals with the topic of loss and death. It is a very moving and touching film, but not tearful. It is this huge emotional load that Manchester By the Sea brings with it that makes me never watch this movie again. The story of Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck), who after the death of his brother has to take care of his teenage son Patrick (Lucas Hedges), takes no prisoners. Affleck is perfect in the role of a battered man who has to go to the titular Manchester-by-the-Sea, the town where his brother, and once himself, lived. A chance encounter with ex-wife Randi (Michelle Williams), revealing to viewers the details of a past tragedy that led to the breakup of the relationship, is a scene that is hard to watch unmoved. The cracking voice, Affleck’s resigned gaze and Williams’ desperate monologue, the words sticking in her throat are one of the reasons why I won’t watch this great movie again.

Michalina Peruga

Michalina Peruga

Film scholar, art historian and lover of contemporary horror cinema and classic Hollywood cinema, especially film noir and the work of Alfred Hitchcock. In cinema, she loves mixing genres, breaking patterns and looking closely at characters.

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