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Lonely Thanksgiving: Six movies for embracing solitude

Cast Away: Tom Hanks marooned on a desert island is an apt analogy for spending Thanksgiving alone.

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Cast Away: Tom Hanks marooned on a desert island is an apt analogy for spending Thanksgiving alone.

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Editor's note: Thanksgiving. A time for the entire family to gather around the table, smiling and laughing over a golden turkey as if life is just one big Publix commercial. Fortunately, some people actually get that experience. But many others don't. Maybe you and your family live in totally different states. Maybe you just don't have a family. Maybe you have chosen a family of friends. Or maybe you just don't want to talk to your family at all. We got you covered. All week, we're bringing you our Guide to Lonely Thanksgiving. Our critics and writers have offered their best advice for going the holiday alone, from TV to reading to eating out. It doesn't have to be a pity party. If you do it right, you can be thankful for your solitude, too.

Let’s face it. If you’re alone on Thanksgiving it’s best to wallow in that condition, embrace the solitude and relish the fact that no one will get on your nerves today. It is, indeed, something for which to be thankful.

The last thing anyone should do is mess up this opportunity with cheery movies that would go down smoother in a roomful of friends. Why torture yourself? Instead, let art imitate your lonesome life. These six movie suggestions include a child, a schizophrenic and a man alone even in a crowd. One’s best friend is a volleyball, two others drift in outer space.

Whether by choice or circumstance, your loneliness has nothing on these movies:

Cast Away: Tom Hanks marooned on a desert island is an apt analogy for spending Thanksgiving alone.

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Gene Hackman in The Conversation.

The Conversation: Gene Hackman’s surveillance expert has a hard rule to avoid caring about people he snoops upon. Breaking it leads to a final shot symbolizing his demolished soul.

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Bruce Dern in Silent Running.

Silent Running/Moon: Sci-fi double feature with Bruce Dern and Sam Rockwell as astronauts separately going Major Tom.

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Catherine Deneuve in Repulsion.

Repulsion: Roman Polanski’s thriller stars Catherine Deneuve as an unbalanced woman locked in an apartment, tormented by her past.

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Where the Wild Things Are: Maurice Sendak’s bedtime story becomes a meditation on lonely-child imagination, directed by Spike Jonze.

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