The crying scene

Something has happened as I’ve aged. The younger me could watch a film and be engrossed by the story, have empathy for the characters, and be completely unmoved by the big emotional scenes. In fact the only film that ever made me cry was Schindler’s List (specifically the ending where Schindler is going to his car at the end of war and breaks down, and the final bit when the descendants of the people he saved come over the hill to pay their respects).

That’s no longer the case and over the last few years I’ve found myself getting more swept up in the emotion of a film.

The first time I noticed this was watching When Did You Last See Your Father? I put this down to it bringing up memories of when my own dad died (and maybe that was the case), but now the list of films that I’ll admit I’ve shed a tear to (or simply just ‘welled up’) has increased dramatically and shows no sign of stopping. It doesn’t even have to be a hugely emotional scene anymore, just a simple ‘moment’ between two characters can give me red eyes.

What has lead to this change? Is it a common theme that as people age they become more emotionally susceptible? Or is it a more personal development; an example of how I’m becoming more open as a person and so am able to empathise more?

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