You're watching that movie. You know the one. The plot is so familiar, you could tell the story yourself.
So you sometimes think, when you are about to watch it, that this time, you won't cry. And then, you do.
In fact, you can catch it well into the story, and there are still moments in the story that get to you.
I have more than one Christmas movie that has that impact on me, and I will share them with you here. Then, you can tell me yours and which scenes move you most.
The Christmas Movies that Make Me Cry
(1) The 90s version of Miracle on 34th Street - the scene where the little girl runs into the house and it's the home she has always dreamed of always brings tears to my eyes. It's her joyful abandon combined with my love for the idea of home.
(2) The Holiday - this one has several moments, toward the end.
The first is when Arthur walks into the auditorium, expecting to see a smattering of people, and sees that the whole place is filled, instead. Then he has to walk on the stage and is hesitating, until Miles plays his theme song, and then he climbs those stairs with ease.
The next moment is when Miles asks Iris for a date on New Year's Eve, she accepts and they both turn away from each other and secretly make expressions of joy.
The last one is the final scene when they are all dancing, and happy. They all have looks on their faces that suggest that they know this happiness will last & that each couple will work out whatever obstacles could get in their way.
(3) Love, Actually - this one has several moments, but the ones that move me most are the airport scenes at the end. Reunions, with the kind of love and joy that doesn't care who's watching.
The theme, for me, is sudden, surprised or overwhelming joy. It isn't limited to Christmas.
The first time I noticed it was at a high school graduation. My cousin was the only one I knew who was graduating, but when everyone threw their motor boards into the air, I burst into tears! I also sometimes cry when movie or TV characters dance with abandon, free to be themselves in a joyful way that you can tell doesn't happen very often.
Over to you. Which movies and scenes make you tear up or cry?
See you tomorrow!
Hi, I'm Jeanine
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