Life is not kind. It just isn’t. For the best of us, it is a ten-round fight. A drag out brawl, where none are left alive. The best of us learn this young, and the unluckiest of us don’t learn it until we are old and force-fed some tragedy we have no way of coping with. While some people like to watch films that reflect a cartoon society of happy endings and perfect romances, most of us live in the real world. Where life is work. And love is work. And family is work. And the best artists know how to represent that human struggle honestly. The best artists shine a light on the shadowed parts of the world where we oft refuse to look, willingly. They shine a light on those corners, and they magnify them, and they grab our eyes and MAKE US look at them. The best artists know this. The Bosch’s and Shakespeare’s of the world. And the BEST artists are not confined to a canvas when trying to reflect that misery back at us. Here, for your consideration, are five directors who make incomprehensibly sad films, yet undeniably powerful and honest films as well. And just a word of advice, these are NOT the best directors to watch if you are depressed, just saying.