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Why Do We Choose to Watch Upsetting Movies?

Why Do We Choose to Watch Upsetting Movies?

Earlier this month, I watched what will probably be the strangest movie I see all year. Sasquatch Sunset is an absurdist film chronicling the lives of four Bigfoots (Bigfeet?). The cast, which includes Riley Keough and Jesse Eisenberg, donned heavy prosthetics, layers of makeup, and furry costumes to play the titular mythical creatures. The script is devoid of dialogue. Instead, the group grunts, moans, and shrieks from scene to scene while carrying on with much feral behavior: They feast on berries; they fight; they wander the woods. In one very long, very goofy sequence, they urinate and defecate on the ground over and over and over to mark their territory. The film played at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and I caught it in Park City, Utah, the day after it left some audiences “stomping for the exit … well before the credits began to roll,” as Variety reported from the premiere. The same happened at my screening: I counted more than a dozen walkouts, several of them occurring after the defecation montage, and many …