Emotional Epics

Traditionally epics are defined by their huge scale, expansive plots and large scale filmmaking. Yet the emotional epic trades in its storytelling scale for emotional scale. 
These are films that are expansive on an emotional level, and run through a gambit of conflicting and sometimes contradictory emotional registers. Emotions are usually highly exaggerated and expansive, to the point in which everything falls alway, story logic and coherence is less important in these, just a cinema of pure affect but on a huge scale. 

(Note the inclusion on this list isn’t necessary a testament to their quality) 

I can’t think of that many films that fit this criteria, so curious for recommendations.

Read notes
  • Hanagatami
  • Annette
  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
  • Australia
  • Southland Tales
  • Inland Empire
  • The Tree of Life
  • The New World
  • On the Silver Globe
  • My Sex Life... or How I Got Into an Argument
  • The Thin Red Line
  • Labyrinth of Cinema
  • A Hidden Life
  • Breaking the Waves
  • Until the End of the World
  • Belly
  • Mirror