11 movies and series that address mental health
As series and the films that are available on our platforms streaming are also sources of information, and one type of knowledge that they can bring us concerns topics related to mental health – which, by the way, is a subject that is usually ignored by many people or even seen with prejudice, shrouded in taboos.
Here in this text, we list 11 nominations, between films and series, with good approaches on the various facets of this topic. In this way, by watching them, you can inform yourself, even getting to know yourself better, in addition to being able to help the people around you.
1. The good side of life (2012) — bipolar disorder
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This film tells the story of a man with bipolar disorder that he lost everything that mattered to him in life: marriage, job and home. After months of internment, Pat Solitano (played by Bradley Cooper) is released to be in the care of his parents and can rebuild his life, but regaining his dignity is not easy.
The work delicately deals with the reality of people who struggle to deal with their own lives, while facing their questions of mental health. Actress Jennifer Lawrence received the Oscar for best actress for her performance in this film.
2. In Treatment (2008)
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What do you think about watching a show that basically features therapy sessions? This is the series proposal. In Treatment, originally produced by an Israeli broadcaster, but which became world famous for its American version, started in 2008 and starring actor Gabriel Byrne.
The series is a rich material to gain access to the nuances of the suffering of others (and, consequently, of one’s own) through the stories of different people. characters that represent common cases in the lives of many people, such as the pain of divorce, loneliness, old age, sexual abuse, among many other themes.
In Treatment continues to be produced, but with another therapist, now played by actress Uzo Aduba (famous for her character in Orange is the new black).
3. girl interrupted (2000) — borderline disorder
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Starring Angelina Jolie and Winona Ryder, the film tells the story of a young woman admitted to a psychiatric hospital after being diagnosed with borderline disorder. Also known as borderline personality disorder, it is characterized by the permanent emotional instability of the door person, who tends to have exaggerated and aggressive reactions to life’s episodes.
In the film, Winona Ryder’s character (who has borderline disorder) crosses paths with several other patients, each with a specific type of disorder, at the hospital where you are. In this way, the work manages to construct a complex panorama of mental sufferings – which, so often, are erroneously reduced under the prejudiced term “madness”.
4. Better is impossible (1997) — obsessive compulsive disorder
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The film, directed by James L. Brooks and starring Jack Nicholson, is a very fun film that moves between drama and romantic comedy. It tells the story of Melvin Udall, a lonely and grumpy writer who constantly complains about everything, but his difficulties with living have a psychiatric background: Melvin has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). This anxiety disorder, which is characterized by repetitive behaviors and compulsions, drives you away from people. Gradually, living with a waitress (Helen Hunt) and a gay neighbor (Greg Kinnear) makes him confront himself.
5. Atypical (2017) — autism
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This Netflix series is a dramatic comedy with an unusual protagonist. Sam Gardner (played by actor Keir Gilchrist) is a young man diagnosed on the autism spectrum. He faces some difficulties to fit into a world shaped for people. neurotípicas – those whose neurological development is considered “normal” in relation to, for example, autistic people.
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Atypical conquered fans all over the world, because it manages to affectively understand and accept the limitations faced by Sam and thus notice that it is possible to both help and welcome autistic people within their needs.
6. The hours (2002) — depression
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This award-winning film, directed by Stephen Daldry, is an extensive portrait of the different faces of depression. The story covers three characters: writer Virginia Woolf (Nicole Kidman), who had depression and committed suicide in 1941; a housewife (Julianne Moore) who reads the author’s work and is shocked; and a writer (Meryl Streep) who grapples with her particular dilemmas.
All of them are interconnected by some kind of coexistence with this disease that is usually called the “evil of the 21st century”. It is a very successful work in its attempt to make people understand that depression goes far beyond the expression of constant sadness.
7. A stranger in the nest (1975)
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Here we have an absolute classic, directed by Milos Forman. In the story told in A stranger in the nest, a guy (played by Jack Nicholson) tries to escape from prison and, in order to do so, pretends to have a mental disorder. He ends up in a psychiatric clinic, where he meets different types of patients with real problems and becomes a witness (and victim) of the mistreatment committed against these people.
8. Melancholy (2011) — depression
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The feature film directed by Lars Von Trier is one of the best films about depression do cinema. The plot involves two sisters who are returning from a wedding party at the same time that a catastrophic event is foreshadowing: a gigantic celestial body is about to collide with Earth and destroy the planet.
While the bride Justine (played by Kirsten Dunst) hopes the end of the world will come soon, Claire (played by Charlotte Gainsbourg) is eager to live. The scene that opens the film, which shows Justine as she tries to move against an unseen force but cannot move, is one of the most perfect visual metaphors for depression.
9. IS (1994-2000) — bipolar disorder
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The series IS (which in Brazil, was transmitted as medical duty) lasted 15 seasons. Countless characters passed through the corridors of Chicago’s public hospital. However, in season 7, a secondary character stood out: Maggie (played by Sally Field) was the mother of nurse Abby Lockhart (Maura Tierney). She reconnects with her daughter who, at first, pretends not to know her.
As the episodes unfold, we discover that Maggie has tbipolar ranstorno and that the daughter’s rejection reflects the suffering of living with this disease. Sally Field, who masterfully portrays the role, won an Emmy Award for this performance.
10. Shame (2012) – nymphomania
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Shame generated a lot of controversy at the time of its release for dealing with a topic that is not so common in cinema: the compulsion for sex, also known as nymphomania. The main character, Brandon (played by Michael Fassbender), is a somewhat apathetic guy whose life seems to revolve around gaining opportunities to have sex.
But, as the film shows, this is a quest that seems to involve more suffering than pleasure. Gradually, Brandon enters a debacle that gradually leads him to humiliating situations.
11. joker (2019) – pseudobulbar syndrome
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The work of Todd Phillips has become very famous since its release, to the point of generating memes that keep being replicated. Often, the character Joker, played by Joaquin Phoenix (awarded an Oscar for the role) is misinterpreted, being a subject excluded by society and who, because of this, has reactions of violence. The Joker’s typical behavior – the reaction to laughing in moments of tension – is actually a neurological disorder called pseudobulbar syndrome.
Finally, it is worth remembering that knowledge is power, but that it does not replace specialized medical treatments. If you suspect that you or someone you love may be suffering from any of the disorders illustrated in these works, remember that these films and series they are not therapy, but only a source of information on the subject.