One of the reasons I don’t watch tear-jerkers is that I so easily succumb to them. While I can withstand the rigours of quite the nastiest horror films in existence, movies with a high emotional content reduce me to a quivering wreck. Once is one such movie. It is the short, bitter-sweet story of the burgeoning romance between a busker and a new immigrant, both struggling to make ends meet whilst also dealing with some fairly hefty emotional baggage. Lovely film, but almost gave me a stroke after being pre-wrung-out by The Host. Catch Once on BBC iPlayer while it is still available. And, if you still require more cinematic brilliance that will have you sobbing into whole boxes of Man-Size Kleenex, seek out Alan Rickman’s and Juliet Stevenson’s Truly, Madly, Deeply.
I should study the Vulcan discipline of Kolinahr to purge all emotion before I suffer some lasting damage.