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This movie was so depressing. When the mother left I could hardly watch the screen. But it did have a wonderful line "To you he's an angel, but to me he's a God".

Still, this movie just...wow. So sad.

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Not yet, but I do have it. I read the book and was disturbed by it, so I haven't got in the right mood for watching it yet.
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The book highly disturbed me but I wanted to see the movie. We got it from netflix but I just couldn't follow through in watching it. I have heard it's good but traumatizing like the book. I don't know if I could handle seeing some of those things on the t.v.

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Good but very disturbing. Be very careful not to let the kids see it.
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Graphic and disturbing possible book spoiler

Is the part with the
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baby being roasted
in the movie? If so, I'm definitely not watching it.

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I both read the book and watched the film.
I've heard other people say the film was utterly depressing, but I didn't feel that way about it.
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I felt that the inclusion of the family at the end offered something more to the film. The ending, in my opinion, negated the despair that was present throughout the rest of the film. There in the ending is the possibility: a community/family exists. There is potential to rebuild a society, to re-create a family.. it also speaks to creating a family where biological connection doesn't exist (and you have to envision/follow through with what's presented in the film, as it's not explained in a straightforward way or a concrete way at all..)
when I read the book, I didn't get that feeling, but it seemed to be a little more emphatic in the film.
It's a pretty emotional film, though, and the scenes in the beginning, where the mother commits suicide indirectly made me raving mad.
Another specific thing that ticked me off was it was another one of those stupid movie birth moments... like birth is fast and scary and doesn't take hours.
The road does make you think about people, and i totally disagree with what CM seems to be saying about 'human nature' but the movie makes the viewer wonder all those fun what-ifs.. how would one survive under those circumstances, etc.
For me it was a rare occasion to like the movie more than the book, but this was one of those.

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I don't think that part was in the movie.

I did love the book, but it gave me horrible nightmares for awhile.

I thought it was one of the few movies that made a fairly seamless transition from the book. Although I thought there was too much of the wife. She's not in the book that much!

My DH was just "eh" about the movie, but he never read the book. He didn't understand why there was so little dialogue. I told him that in the book there is even less!
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Is the part with the ******** in the movie? If so, I'm definitely not watching it.
No, that wasn't in the movie. And now I'm really glad I didn't read the book!

That movie was seriously disturbing. It took a couple weeks to get it out of my head.

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No the scene you asked about was not in the movie. Thank God.

But the scene with the people locked under the house is in there, and it was very graphic, I almost had to turn off the movie!

But the worst was the despair of the mother. The father begging her to stay just one more night, the things he was pleading and crying 'I just want to talk, please, just talk to me one more night?' ' and her just standing there undressing, preparing to kill herself, it physically hurt to watch that.

And also all the instances of the father having to, you know, prepare to do what he was going to do to the boy, was heartbreaking, the crying afterwards...

I think it did a good job of making you think, what would you do? For sure I would not kill myself while I still had a child alive in the world. The mom really ticked me off with that.

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I cannot bear to think of watching this movie. The book for me was soooooo depressing! I've never read anything else so completely devoid of hope. I heard people who liked it talk about this father/son love story but that is not what I read. Reading the book made me very sad for Cormac McCarthy.
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I have not seen the movie nor read the book, but DH read it and he was traumatized by it! He has forbidden me from reading it or seeing the movie, LOL, and I'm ok with that.

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So was the movie ending not in the book?? The movie saved itself from total hopelessness with a hopeful ending at least for the boy. But how did the book end? (cause I am NOT reading it to find out!).

And are you saying the scenes with the mom killing herself never happened in the book?? What happened to her in the book??

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KyCat I did think it was a powerful and beautiful father/son story. One of the best lines I've ever heard was the one about the boy "is an angel to you, but to me is a God". He loved the boy so much, and did all he could to save him, and was willing to do what he had to do to spare him fates worse than death if necessary--and had to deal with his wife losing her mind as well

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So was the movie ending not in the book?? The movie saved itself from total hopelessness with a hopeful ending at least for the boy. But how did the book end? (cause I am NOT reading it to find out!).

And are you saying the scenes with the mom killing herself never happened in the book?? What happened to her in the book??
I believe in the book, it just mentions the mother in passing. There was no details about where she was or that she'd killed herself. At least that I can remember, I could be wrong.

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I cannot bear to think of watching this movie. The book for me was soooooo depressing! I've never read anything else so completely devoid of hope. I heard people who liked it talk about this father/son love story but that is not what I read. Reading the book made me very sad for Cormac McCarthy.
I got the father/son thing, but the rest of it was just so much. I thought the same thing about the author, I can't even imagine where he came up with some of the things the book described.

I'm still waffling about watching it.
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----------SPOILERS-----------

The part in the movie I hated was when they saw the mother and child being captured in the field. I do not remember that in the book. Did I just forget it?

Another part in the book that was not in the movie was the big march of people that had the pregnant women and the young boys in chains trailing behind. Another scene I was glad was not included.

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I figured out the mom killed herself in the book. I don't know if it was extremely obvious, but it was in there.

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Another part in the book that was not in the movie was the big march of people that had the pregnant women and the young boys in chains trailing behind. Another scene I was glad was not included.
There is a brief glance of that scene... with pregnant woman and children in chains.
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Spoiler..
They do not show the mom killing herself in the movie either. You see the father crying, begging her to stay but she just gets undressed and walks out into the snow and disappears...it was awful.

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I read the book and I just recently saw the movie.

I was the most depressing book I'd ever read. I couldn't get it out of my head for weeks either. It was pretty disturbing. *shivers*
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Nope haven't seen the movie. I thought the book was one of the worst I've ever read too. It was just so....pointless..I didn't even find it that disturbing just so utterly BORING!!!!!!!!!!!

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Is the part with the *~*~*~*~*~*~ in the movie? If so, I'm definitely not watching it.
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No, that wasn't in the movie. And now I'm really glad I didn't read the book!

That movie was seriously disturbing. It took a couple weeks to get it out of my head.
It was at that point I had to stop reading the book. I was pregnant and... yeah. Bad idea. I was literally hiding under the covers, sobbing, and unable to stop thinking about horrible, horrible things. DH thought I had gone off the deep end over a stinkin' book .

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I thought it was fabulous - sad, but fabulous.

DH, otoh, HATED it - said it was a manifestation of his deepest, darkest nightmare. I think he got PTSD from it
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DH, otoh, HATED it - said it was a manifestation of his deepest, darkest nightmare.
Yeah, that's pretty much my opinion (about the book... going nowhere near the movie). I just... *shudders* can't even explain what it did to my brain. It was phenomenally well-written, engaging and... just about the most horrible thing I've ever read.

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OK, TOTALLY no point in my responding, but i couldnt get THIS THREAD out of my head last night.

I remember seeing the trailor for this movie when I went to see ingloirious Basterds. I thought, oh yuck, prolly wont be going to the theatre to see that. But I never wrote it off as a possibilsity once it hit HBO.

THANK GOD I found this thread. There is no way IN HELL I will be watching that movie, and will prolly disconnect my cable lines if I ever see it on the guide schedule.

Just some of your description are haunting me. WHO THE HELL THINKS OF THIS STUFF?!!?>!>!
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WHO THE HELL THINKS OF THIS STUFF?!!?>!>!
Yeah, it's pretty dark stuff. <--that's a shudder, not a shiver.

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<--that's a shudder, not a shiver.
I think I mean to use mine for both.
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I don't really find it shocking that the author wrote about shocking stuff--make no mistake, ALL of these things do happen in real life, maybe not in our lives, but certainly this happens, is happening somewhere right now. People eat people. People burn people. Families commit group suicide to avoid torture. Children grow up in barren wastelands devoid of hope. The author didn't invent this stuff, he just put it in a future setting.

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@ the people who hated the film/the book...
i was really surprised at the acclaim, etc. that the author, the book and the film have all received.. while (see my earlier post) i didn't hate the film, i didn't think it was quite worth all the attention it's received. however, i was also surprised to find out that the author is so highly esteemed as the next huge modern literature god. there are already classes devoted to his works at the college where i work, and at major universities.. it all just kind of makes me go but he's big.. big like the 'next hemingway' kind of big, according to those who make literary decisions. my dh likes him that much too.. but again, it takes a little more to impress me. give me some margaret atwood up against this any day (anyone read her post apocalyptic new one?)...

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he's big.. big like the 'next hemingway' kind of big, according to those who make literary decisions.
Yuck. Here's hoping the Road is never required reading for some hapless students.

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@ the people who hated the film/the book...
i was really surprised at the acclaim, etc. that the author, the book and the film have all received.. while (see my earlier post) i didn't hate the film, i didn't think it was quite worth all the attention it's received. however, i was also surprised to find out that the author is so highly esteemed as the next huge modern literature god. there are already classes devoted to his works at the college where i work, and at major universities.. it all just kind of makes me go but he's big.. big like the 'next hemingway' kind of big, according to those who make literary decisions. my dh likes him that much too.. but again, it takes a little more to impress me. give me some margaret atwood up against this any day (anyone read her post apocalyptic new one?)...
That's just bizarre.

Didn't everyone go nuts over No Country for Old Men too? I never read that book, but hated the movie. All the Pretty Horses was an ok movie (from what I remember, it's been awhile), but I didn't think it was great. So obviously, I don't get the attention.
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