Movie of the Month (April 2018)

In April 2018 we chose a movie for you:

“What Dreams May Come”

Directed by: Vincent Ward
Starring: Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr, Annabella Sciorra, Max von Sydow
Year: 1998
Running time: 113 minutes

Plot: The story is based on Richard Matheson’s novel and the title is from a line in Hamlet’s soliloquy “To be, or not to be”. It describes the love story between the pediatrician Chris Nielsen and the artist Annie Collins, who have to face the difficulties of grief after their children death. Later in the story Chris also dies in a car crash: Annie attempts to cope with his loss but she is wracked with guilt for the deaths of Chris and their children, believing that she was responsible for it, and she commits suicide. After his death, Chris awakens in “Heaven”, and unfortunately he learns that those who commit suicide go to “Hell”; this is not the result of a judgment made against them, but rather their own tendency to create “nightmare” afterlife worlds based on their pain. So Chris decided to start a journey, not without dangers, to rescue his wife.  

“…They think of suicide as a quick route to oblivion, an escape. Far from it. It merely alters a person from one form to another. Nothing can destroy the spirit. Suicide only precipitates a darker continuation of the same conditions from which escape was sought. A condition under circumstances so much more painful”.

Richard Matheson, What Dreams May Come


Sources: 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/What_Dreams_May_Come_(film)

 

Movie of the Month (March 2018)

In March 2018 we chose a movie for you:

“The Sea Inside”

Directed by: Alejandro Amenábar
Starring: Javier Bardem
Year: 2004
Running time: 125 minutes

Plot: The movie is based on the true story of Ramón Sampedro, a man from Galicia (Spain), who, since 28 years, is quadriplegic as a consequence of an accident, and is bedridden. The movie focuses on his campaign for the right to end his own life. However, the real focus is life, as a priceless gift, through the characters we meet around Ramón’s bed (his family, the three women, a quadriplegic priest), beautiful landscapes and music. Life and love, in its deepest meaning, represented by two opposites: Manuela and Julia.

We selected this movie because of the current debate concerning euthanasia and assisted suicide.
The topic is the object of current debates involving the whole clinical community, and it has also been the focus of two intersection symposia organized by the EPA-SSSP together with the Old Age Psychiatry Section in 2017 in Florence, and in 2018 in Nice (click HERE for more details). In our opinion it effectively represents the complexity of this thematic, and offers a wide perspective about it, without focusing on a single viewpoint.

“Out to sea. Out to sea, and in the weightlessness of the deep where dreams come true, two souls unite to fulfill a single wish. Your gaze and mine, over and over like an echo, repeating silently: “Deeper, and deeper” beyond everything that is flesh and blood. But I always awaken and I always wish for death, my lips forever entangled in your hair”.

Ramón Sampedro


Sources (image and contents): 
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0369702/


Thanks to Raffaella Calati and Carla Gramaglia

Movie of the Month (February 2018)

In February 2018 we chose a movie for you:

“Dead Poets Society” 

Written by: Tom Schulman
Directed by:  Peter Weir
Starring:  Robin Williams
Year: 1989
Running time: 128’

Plot: The movie talks about a group of students attending the high school, the “Welton Academy” , an all-male, elite school. The teacher John Keating (Robin Williams) uses a quite particular teaching method: he encourages his students to make their lives extraordinary (“carpe diem”). One of these students, Neil, discovers his love for acting and gets the role in a local production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream; anyway his father does not agree with his decisions. Professor Keating helps him to realize his potential becoming really important in Neil’s life. The night of the performance Neil’s father goes to see him performing his role on the stage, but then he obliges his son to be enrolled in a military academy. After this talk with his father, Neil eventually commits suicide.

We choose this movie because in this period many Tv Series talk about suicide between teenager population (we talk about this topic in our section Something to talk about in these suggestions: “TV Series & Suicide: The End Of The F****ing World & 13 Reasons Why“; “Echoes of the TV series “13 reasons why” release: an ongoing scientific debate“), and this about 20 years old movie present us an important topic of how can be difficult to relate with young’s problems.


Sources: 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Poets_Society
By Source, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6755817

Movie of the Month (January 2018)

In January 2018 we chose a movie for you:

“It’s Kind of a funny story”

Written and directed byAnna Boden Ryan Fleck  
Starring: Keir Gilchrist, Emma Roberts, Viola Davis, Lauren Graham, Jim Gaffigan, Zoë Kravitz, Zach Galifianakis.
Year: 2010
Running time: 101 min

PlotThe film focuses on the story of Craig Gilner, a 16-year-old boy that, after contemplating suicide, decides to go to the hospital to seek help. Here Dr. Mahmoud advises Craig one-week stay in the hospital’s psychiatric ward. Craig meets psychiatric patients, creates new relationships, and strengthens his resources and skills to face difficulties. After discharge from the hospital, Craig has changed his outlook on life.


Sources (text and image):  

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It%27s_Kind_of_a_Funny_Story_(film)

Movie of the Month (November 2017)

In November 2017 we chose a movie for you:

“The Sea of Trees”

Directed by: Gus Van Sant
Written by: Chris Sparling
Starring:  Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe, Naomi Watts
Year: 2015
Running time: 106 min

PlotArthur Brennan (Matthew McConaughey) is an American man who decides to end his life after  his wife’s death (Naomi Watts), who was an alcoholic. Arthur goes to the Aokigahara forest, a famous suicide hotspot at the base of Mount Fuji, in Japan. In the forest he encounters a Japanese man, Takumi Nakamura (Ken Watanabe), who is there for Arthur’s same purpose. Together, they begin a journey of self-reflection and mutual help.

We propose this movie because it allows reflection about hotspots and implications for suicide prevention. For further information about hotspots, you can read also this month scientific suggestion at this link.



Sources (text and image):  

Wikipedia, the sea of trees: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sea_of_Trees

Movie of the Month (October 2017)

In October 2017 we chose a movie for you:

“For One More Hour with You”

Directed by: Alina Marazzi

Year: 2002
Running time: 55 min

Plot: For One More Hour with You (“Un’ora sola ti vorrei”) is a documentary entirely focused on the life of the mother of the Director Alina Marazzi, Luisa (Liseli) Marazzi Hoepli, born in 1938 and dead for suicide in 1972, at 33, when Alina was 7. The documentary is Alina’s attempt to collect the pieces of her mother’s life. It is not possible to convey here the emotional patchwork of melodies (the film’s title is the one of an old Italian love song), home movies, and recordings that Alina selected to recreate pictures of her mother. Alina explains, presenting this documentary, that it is a gift to her mother, and to all children and parents.

We choose this movie because it well describes both Liseli’s psychache (borrowing the neologism coined by Shneidman in 1993) and the experience of a suicide survivor. The movie could represent an extraordinary example of how it is possible to survive to such a dramatic personal experience, the suicide of a mother, and to continue the elaboration of this loss with the help of the creative work.


Sources (text and image):  

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0329468/?ref_=nm_knf_i4


Thanks to Raffaella Calati, MD, PHD  

 

 

Movie of the Month (September 2017)

In September 2017 we chose a movie for you:

“Bram Stoker’s Dracula”

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

Based on: “Dracula” by Bram Stoker

Starring: Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves
Year: 1992
Running time: 122 min
Awards: 3 Academy Awards won (best costume design, best sound editing, best makeup)

Plot:  in 1462 Vlad Dracula returns from a victory against the Turks and finds that his wife, Elisabeta, has committed suicide after receiving a false report of his death. Enraged that his wife is now damned for committing suicide, Dracula desecrates his chapel and renounces God, declaring that he will rise from the grave to avenge Elisabeta with all the powers of darkness. In a fit of rage, he stabs the chapel’s stone cross with his sword and drinks the blood that pours out of it.

The movie further develop in 1897 and the entire plot focuses on an intense love story that trascends time, life and death, whose main character is a suicide loss survivor
(to read more about suicide loss survivors, click here).


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Movie of the Month (August 2017)

In August 2017 we chose a movie for you:

“Ordinary People”

Directed by: Robert Redford

Based on: “Ordinary People” by Judith Guest published in 1976

Starring: Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch, Timoty Hutton
Year: 1980
Running time: 124 min
Awards: 6 Academy Awards Nominee and 4 Academy Awards won for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Male Supporting Actor, Best Screenplay.

Plot: Ordinary People is an American drama which narrates about the Jarrets, an upper- middle-class family who lives in Lake Forest, Illinois, strained by the death of the oldest teenaged son Buck, who died in a boat accident. The story concerns the relationship intercurring between the three other members of the family: Conrad, the younger son, who attempted suicide after the death of his brother; Beth, a mother and woman focused on success in the social norm of appearance and approval by others; and Conrad, father and husband experiencing his greif trying to connect with his son Conrad and understand his wife Beth.

We choose this movie because of the deep and sensitive relationship between Conrad and his psychiatrist, Dr. Berger, and how it describes the impact of a suicide act on a family that necessarily has to deal with it.


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Movie of the Month (July 2017)

In July 2017 we chose a movie for you:

“Girl, Interrupted”

Directed by: James Mangold

Based on: “Girl, Interrupted” by Susanna Kaysen  

Starring: Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Brittany Murphy, Jared Leto, Whoopy Goldberg
Year: 1999
Running time:  125 min
Awards:  Angelina Jolie won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and a Golden Globe Award.

Plot: The story talks about 18-year-old Susanna Kaysen (Winona Ryder) who takes an overdose of pills with a bottle of vodka: she denies that she tried to kill herself. For this suicidal actions, she is checked into a psychiatric hospital where meets different patients. Among these we find Polly (Elisabeth Moss), Georgina (Clea DuVall) and Daisy (Brittany Murphy) but, above all, Lisa (Angelina Jolie), who is a rebellious, but charismatic girl.

We choose this movie because it talks about suicide in different kind of psychiatric patients and also because it talks about psychiatry ward life, treatment, problems and interactions between patients.

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