Frequent travellers have noticed an odd phenomenon. Sad movies are more able to provoke tears if watched on a flight.
Physical reasons, such as lower cabin air pressure and saltier food, have been put forward to explain why sad scenes seem sadder inside a cabin, but the most important factor must be emotional. We all feel more vulnerable and less in control when confined.
Home recovery must feel like an endless flight. For the sake of mental health, the feeling of fragility must be taken into account when making a film playlist. Obviously, that rules out films in which pandemics are a plot device, nor anything that rides on doom. Picking the wrong comedy is worse than picking no comedy at all because the failure to connect might make you feel worse. With that in mind, here is a list of films that sneak up on you — even if you are rewatching it.
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