Movie of the Month (May 2018)

In May 2018 we chose a movie for you:

“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”

Directed by: Stephen Chbosky
Starring: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller…
Year: 2012
Running time: 103 minutes

Plot:  This movie is an adaptation of an epistolary novel, written and directed by the novel’s author Stephen Chbosky. A young student, Charlie, has been suffering from clinical depression and has recently been discharged from a mental health care institution to begin his adaptation to a normal lifestyle as a young high school student.

When he starts attending school, he meets Sam and Patrick, who invite him to join several social activities. Charlie discloses to Sam that the year before his best friend committed suicide. The story is about the friendship among Sam, Patrick and Charlie, adolescence-related problems and difficulties facing topics such as bullying, friendship and love. After the release of film, Chbosky began to speak more openly concerning mental health care aspects. Producers are the same of Ghost World and Juno, which are both movies about struggling teenagers.

Stephen Chbosky, in a interview from the Guardian,
about mental health issues and why it’s important to talk about these topics:

“Before they are diagnosed, they are told these things. Even though there might not be stigma, they have been told to get over it for so long that they feel there must be something wrong with them. There is nothing wrong with them. They just have an illness that they need to treat, just like anyone would treat allergies or a cold.
It’s more complicated than that, obviously”.


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