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What films do you watch again and again, that lift you up when you feel low?

 

For me it’s always As Good As It Gets.

 

3 people with completely different, complex lives figure out their problems and move things forward. A bit.

 

I fucking love Melvin Udall. And Helen Hunt's performance in it is just pitch perfect.

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About time is rather nice. 

 

and in my darkest moments, i have been known to watch a sound of music. Just for the car wrecking nun who always make me laugh.  

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11 minutes ago, DirkCrisis said:

Even The Darjeeling Limited? I've yet to find a human being who likes that. 

 

 

 

I love it.

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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.

 

Although there is a lot of misery in it. And the ending is achingly bittersweet, rather than joyful. But it’s the most beauty ever to have been committed to celluloid, so it does wonders for the soul. 

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I saw Lucky last night and felt like it was just this sort of thing. 

 

It's just a nice, sad film about getting and being old, but it's not depressing like Another Year and is less cynical than Broken Flowers. 

 

Ratatouille and Coco are my go to Pixar films to put on when I'm bummed out. 

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The Worlds Fastest Indian is such a great cosy movie, love Anthony Hopkins portrayal of Burt Munroe and his adventures getting to Bonneville.

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Yeah, Totoro and Porco Rosso. Also Ponyo. Miyazaki is all about the positive feelings.

 

Outside of those:

 

A Matter of Life and Death.

Wayne's World - I just love those characters to bits.

Cocoon and Batteries Not Included.

Toy Story, 1 & 2. "We're falling - with style!" or Jessie's epiphany in the second.

Almost any Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movie (and +1 for Singing in the rain).

 

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7 hours ago, Stigweard said:

I've not seen it over and over but I think Little Miss Sunshine would fit into this catergory perfectly.

 

Also Grand Budapest Hotel.

 

Little Miss Sunshine was the first film that came into my head when I saw the thread title.  It’s a beautiful little film.

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You've Got Mail and 10 Things I Hate About You qualify here I think, although I love a lot of the movies mentioned here already as well, like Little Miss Sunshine, Amélie, Lucky. But I generally tend to return to TV shows rather than films when I feel low.

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Chef really helped me through a bit of a rough patch. Love it, and still listen to the soundtrack regularly.

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Rushmore, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Amélie. Seems like these are popular choices which in turn warms my heart. I also really love watching Drugstore Cowboy as dark as it I find it very rewarding to my soul.

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