Tears never hurt anyone. If anything, they are like channels for pent up emotions, both positive and toxic, helping them find a way out!
In times of Corona, when thousands have lost their loved ones, millions have lost their sources of livelihood, and everyone a sense of normalcy, the collective grief has more than multiplied.
Whether you’re willing to accept it or not, a good cry is what a lot of us need right now!
So here is a glimpse of a few films that have stirred us all in the past. They have touched millions of hearts and tapped on the deepest emotions with their unusual stories of loss and grief.
From the very first scene until the last, Up has your heart heavy and throat choking with the unconditional love of its lead couple.
There is death and stubbornness, dreams and denial, a beautiful balance of holding on and letting go, all in one beautiful animated film. Pete Docter’s Up is unforgettable with its display of love literally up in the sky for all to see!
There has never been a more apt coming of age film, animated or otherwise, ever. Following a 12-year-old girl, as she deals with separation, lack of belonging and the emotional roller-coaster of puberty, Inside Out has been a learning experience for all ages.
Return to this enchanting work by scientists and artists for a deeper understanding of the nature of grief.
For all those who have stared into the eyes of someone you once loved more than yourself and found a coldness as sharp as ice, Wall E will be a stinging ride.
When Eve saves Wall E by rebooting him, as a result of which he no longer remembers her anymore, Wall-E’s lifeless stare is what will stay with you in your tears, even though the story ends happily.
Even though it is Mother’s Day, watch this beautiful father-son relationship to appreciate all that a parent has done for you during your dumb childhood years.
They kept you alive, out of danger, fulfilled, and happy even if when you couldn’t ask for it. Go with Nemo on a journey of self-discovery, filled with drastic real-life kicks and punches!
It has been decades since I first saw Bambi’s mother being shot at even as she got her baby to safety. However, the urge to hug my mom right after has remained just as urgent and pounding.
If you feel the same way, for this locked down Mother’s Day, give this beautiful animation a watch with your mom on Disney Plus Party!
This Oscar-winning animated short is just what you need for your not-so-regular relationship with your mom.
Told through the cooking the Asian dumplings called bao, this is the story of a child growing up and realizing its freedom and responsibilities as an adult. Keep some snacks handy because you will be both teary and hungry by the end of it!
Another animated short, Lava is one of the most sublime love stories you will ever witness.
The two main characters are actually two volcanoes, slowly making their way towards each as a quick 7-minute reminder of waiting for The One! Meanwhile, it is as much a lesson in geology as it is in love.
8Toy Story 3
In Toy Story 3, Andy is all grown up and ready for college. He now has to leave his toys behind and start a new life away from home.
The film especially ends on the sweetest note, attached with a nostalgia familiar to all those who grew up watching the franchise.
Over a decade-long journey of Marvel Universe came to a blockbuster end with this edition of the franchise.
Watching this imaginary universe collapse has to be one of the most moving experiences at a time when the world, as we know it, also seems to be coming to an end.
Ending this list with a non-animated film is meant as a gift for all those who made it through till the end. In this tragic take on Beauty and the Beast, you will find a wacky and unconventional love story that ultimately loses to a small-minded world.
Yet, it is also a tale of how it takes a tragedy to inspire empathy in such a world. The intimacy between Kim (Winona Ryder) and Edward (Johnny Depp) is short and soul-crushing. All they share is a single kiss, which turns out to be more powerful than a lifetime of comfort and happiness together.
Have a soulful quarantine!