Live Poll: Best Portrait of Depression

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These characters are depressed, their face conveys sadness, and their lives make no sense to them. Which is the most depressive?

List: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls091001665/

Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/9lpWHuHdRd8/
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joe siegel

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Very good poll idea!
I suggest Arthur Fleck from Joker (2019).
And if that one looks bad when cropped, you can use this one.
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I would also like to suggest this image from In Bruges (2008). The character on the picture, called Ray, is contemplating suicide.
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And I'm sure some will disagree with me, but I always thought that Rick from Casablanca (1942) is showing signs of depression.
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buster keaton....excellent choice....
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FYC:

Sandra (Marion Cotillard) in Two Days, One Night (2014)
Justine (Kirsten Dunst) in Melancholia (2011)

(both are instances of the illness depression)
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al pacino in 'chinese coffee'....a true depiction of going thru life with depression, and not just anger or saddness....
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#11 (Sean Penn)
#16 (Sean Penn )
#22 (Sean Penn)

PS: He always has the same facial expression.

Conclusion: Sean Penn knows how to play depression.

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Leonardo DiCaprio had long been my favorite actor, now he's Sean Penn.
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Hi Joe. I always like your poll ideas and lists so much. This is another one that I think is quite good. When I saw the title, I immediately thought of Julie from 'Blue' (from the 'Three Colors' trilogy), who is on the list, although then I saw Sylvia Plath on your list and, having read studied Plath's work for years, I thought that choosing only one of these two would be difficult. There are a lot of other compelling characters on this list, as well. 'Well done!

I mined this poll of mine (https://www.imdb.com/poll/L7TrvkdAj3s/?ref_=po_ho) for some ideas and some other characters came to mind, as well. 

FYC:

Jack ('A Star is Born') https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1517451/mediaviewer/rm2463922176?ft0=name&fv0=nm0177896&ft1=ima...

April ('Revolutionary Road') https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0959337/mediaviewer/rm1520454656?ft0=name&fv0=nm0000701&ft1=ima...

Alice ('Closer') https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0376541/mediaviewer/rm3403123968?ft0=name&fv0=nm0000204&ft1=ima...

Chiron ('Moonlight')  https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4975722/mediaviewer/rm2180526592?ft0=name&fv0=nm5480894&ft1=ima...

There are at least a few in 'Magnolia' but Linda may seem to be the most obvious https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0175880/mediaviewer/rm152469504?ft0=name&fv0=nm0000194&ft1=imag...

Diane Selwyn ('Mulholland Drive') https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0166924/mediaviewer/rm926717952?ft0=name&fv0=nm0915208&ft1=imag...

Susan ('Nocturnal Animals') https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4550098/mediaviewer/rm2832743424?ft0=name&fv0=nm0010736&ft1=ima...

Celie ('The Color Purple') https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088939/mediaviewer/rm2844015872?ft0=name&fv0=nm0000155&ft1=ima...

Erin ('Destroyer') https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7137380/mediaviewer/rm3451023616?ft0=name&fv0=nm0000173&ft1=ima...

Lara ('Girl') https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8254556/mediaviewer/rm2959113728?ft0=name&fv0=nm9760132&ft1=ima...



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Thanks for the praise Rub. Julie Vignon was one of the first characters that came to my mind while doing the list, is one of the strongest depressions I've seen in the movies, constantly looking for some kind of feeling or pain to check if still alive inside (the scene where he hits the wall with his knuckles is really poetic) Although I never saw Sylvia's movie, I've read enough about this woman and I'm aware of her terrible depression.
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Oh, may I suggest one small edit to the intro? ("who" or "which character" instead of "which)

Who is the most depressive?

Thanks. : )
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Since Sean Penn is represented three times, he surely wins the prize!
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Thank you all for your suggestions, most have been added, due to the abundance of suggestions and the amount of characters that remained in my mind I am planning to make a second part of this list :)
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This may not be correct for your list
 
Emmett Kelly
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0446374/
Clown of renown (usually in sad-faced hobo's makeup...)  "Weary Willie".
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Live Pollhttps://www.imdb.com/poll/9lpWHuHdRd8/?ref_=po_ho Applause, applause! Happy smiley 100
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Congratulations, Joe. :D
Also a pretty good poll. It was also pretty hard to decide for me.
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Thanks, thanks