That would be Precious.
I think I never saw anything more tragic. Because it didn't have to be like that.
The next door tragedy. The people progressed countries let sink every day, while they're after bigger cars. The ugly that was worth nothing. The awful tricks life plays you. Those times when you just cannot make it, no matter how hard you try, even if you always made the good choice.
"I miss footwork that has any kind of a discernible pattern. The goal of a step sequence should not be for a skater to show the same ice coverage as a Zamboni and take about as much time as an ice resurface. " ~ Zemgirl, reflecting on a pre-IJS straight line sequence
In Pan's Labyrinth, however, the "afterlife" isn't real within the context of the frame story or even in the protagonist's understanding.
SpoilerIt's one of several fantasy sequences that are her attempt to assimilate the tragic events unfolding around her. The "afterlife" sequence is made up of the last thoughts of a dying girl. She does not actually end up ruling the Underworld "with a kind a just heart."
Del Toro said it's real...
Now objectively, the way I structured it, there are three clues in the movie that tell you where I stand. I stand in that it's real. The most important clues are the flower at the end, and the fact that there's no way other than the chalk door to get from the attic to the Captain's office.
Objectively, those two clues tell you it's real. The third clue is she's running away from her stepfather, she reaches a dead end, by the time he shows up she's not there. Because the walls open for her. So sorry, there are clues that tell you where I stand and I stand by the fantasy. Those are objective things if you want. The film is a Rorschach test of where people stand.
The Diary of Anne Frank
Wuthering Heights (Ralph Finnes version)
The House of Mirth
Grave of the Fireflies
On the Beach
Nubka - Unpaid Slave Laborer...
It's still hard to see how a movie thatis anything but tragic, even if you believe that
Spoilerends with a girl getting shot to death.
Spoilershe is Princess Moana
Also loved "Once Were Warriors" but didn't think of it as a tragedy although it had some tragic moments - but it too had a happy ending though empowering might be a better word.
The two films that immediately came to mind when I saw this thread were "Bridges of Madison County" and "Far From Heaven".
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind also fits in the tragic category for me. I can't believe they file it under the comedy category at Blockbuster. Even though they struggle through the whole move to recover each other, I'm left with the idea that they are just going to repeat the same things.
"You emerge victorious from the maze you've been travelling in." Oct 21,2012- Best Fortune Cookie Ever!
Brokeback Mountain has me in every time I watch it.
Loved Black Swan and I think that qualifies too.
To think that fun is simple fun, while earnest things are earnest, proves all too plain that neither one thou truthfully discernest.
I think The Way We Were was advertised as a romance and I thought Robert Redford of that era beautiful. I loved that Katie was not who you would imagine for Hubble so it was sad how the relationship came apart.
Damage (1992) - the only movie I have ever seen where neither of the main characters are in the least bit sympathetic.
Mystic River - Forgot about this one!
Garden of the Finzi-Continis
The Last Emperor
Tragic movies I actually liked are Malcolm X, A Streetcar Named Desire, Vertigo (the ending chokes me up everytime), Water, Kal Ho Naa Ho and North and South (which is technically a miniseries and ends on a happy note but the route to that happy ending is filled with so much tragedy that one wonder how Gaskell managed to create a happy ending in the first place).
"If people are looking for guarantees, they should buy appliances at Sears and stay away from human relationships."~Prancer
Another one that is absolutely tragic in every way possible is 'The Bridge.'
It's a documentary about suicide off the Golden gate Bridge in San Francisco. They filmed the bridge for 12 months and somehow found out who the people were who jumped off and followed-up with their families about their stories.
One young man that they interviewed survived the jump and another one was fascinated with jumping off the bridge and did it while the film was being made.
I'm still haunted by this film and I saw it 4-5 years ago but it is so poignant...respectfully done and tells such an important message.
I'm not spoiled...I deserve all my stuff.