Cry, If You Must.
Prompt: Tell us about the best movie to bring on a cleansing cry.
Without a doubt, without hesitation, the answer to this question has got to be The Color Purple. I've seen that movie about a hundred times, but even after multiple viewings, I find something new.
And I always cry.
I cry for Celie's loss of girlhood and sexual agency at the hands of her father, and then Mister.
I cry for the racist, sexist, misogynistic system that made the life of a Black woman a living hell.
I cry for Celie's isolation and loneliness after her sister--and best friend--fled.
I cry for the mental, physical, spiritual, and sexual abuse Celie endured.
I cry for the injustice of Miss Sophia, who was torn away from her children and tossed in jail for daring to stand up for herself.
I cry for the beautiful, redemptive sisterhood Celie forged with Sug Avery.
I cry for the wellspring of courage she showed when she left Mister.
I cry for Celie's powerful reunion with her sister and her two children.
I cry because my ancestors went through all of this and more so that I could be here, today.
I swear I could go on and on and on about this movie! It kills me that neither she nor Oprah won any Academy Awards for their performances because, my God, they ripped themselves apart to make the humanity of these women jump off the screen and command our undivided attention.
If you haven't seen it, I suggest you rectify that immediately. Below, is one of the most powerful scenes in The Color Purple. Enjoy.
What movies make you cry in the best way? Feel free to share below--I'm always on the lookout for new tearjerkers!