Is it easier to emotionally detach yourself from some films?
Sorry for the title, couldn't come up with a better one in few words.
I am talking about being able to emotionally investing yourself and/or being able step back and reason about the characters and their behaviour in some films. After all, that is what character-centric dramas are all about.
As an example, I find it difficult to watch certain Indian films about certain subjects (poverty, child abuse etc.) because this is what I see happening every day around me. I still haven't seen Slumdog Millionaire
, which has gotten raves in this forum, for exactly that reason. But I can watch foreign films on the same subjects with no issues.
Topics such as arranged marriage, love, virginity were extremely taboo in India until the 90s, and in some cases still are. And although I am a product of the Westernization of our country, I still find it difficult to watch certain films where traditional Indian values are thrown out of the window. I actively avoid these films, though I find myself having no issues watching Middle-Eastern films such as Kuma
where similar values are disregarded.
Basically what I am trying to say is when the subject matter of a film hits too close to home, I find myself unable to watch those films, as irrational as that sounds.
Has this been the case for some of you guys?