A difficult subject to deal with, suicide is a subject very much addressed by the seventh art. Over the years, several works have managed to study the subject productively. And it is exactly these works that end up on our list. The films indicated below are part of the genre of drama – except for the number two – working in an impactful way on the subject. It is also worth mentioning that we brought an honorable mention to the end of the list, with the inclusion of a documentary. Let’s go to the list!
10º – The Fire Within (Louis Malle, 1963)We will follow small fragments of the daily life of a man who had just left a clinic for the recovery of alcohol addicts, seeing how melancholy his way of acting on the world is. Sad, ‘The Fire Within’ exposes the destructive consequences that certain vices have on the psychological siege of a person, bringing the figure of depression that walks next to the central character.
9º – Love Liza (Todd Louiso, 2002)After his wife commits suicide without apparent reason, a man will have to find strength in the most diverse ways in order to continue leading his life. Extremely sad, ‘Love Liza’ is a typical film that should not be seen in moments of emotional difficulties. Its 90 minutes of duration will always impose on the viewer a discouraging atmosphere, not offering points of escape. It is worth mentioning that all the success of the film’s proposal passes through Philip Seymour Hoffman’s fabulous performance in front of the protagonist.
8º – Leaving Las Vegas (Mike Figgis, 1995)Disillusioned with the ways of his life, a man decides to go to Las Vegas to commit suicide after a few nights in the place. However, in the midst of this destructive journey, the man will meet a woman who will change her way of seeing the world. ‘Leaving Las Vegas’ perhaps shows the greatest performance of Nicolas Cage’s career. And, besides, the film works with interesting concepts of human life, noticing itself as a great option.
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